Published Date: 2010-10-05 15:48:22
Subject: PRO/EAFR> Measles - Africa (33): Zambia
Archive Number: 20101005.213842
MEASLES - AFRICA (33): ZAMBIA
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Date: Sun 3 Oct 2010
Source: Lusaka Times [edited]
Measles breaks out at University of Zambia
Measles has broken out at the University of Zambia (UNZA) Great East Road Campus, ministry of health spokesperson Dr Reuben Kamoto Mbewe has said.
Dr Mbewe said 2 cases of the disease had been recorded, but assured students at the institution that the outbreak had been contained.
Contacted for a comment, UNZA Students Union (UNZASU) president Timothy Lumba also confirmed to ZNBC [Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation] of the outbreak but said the situation was under control.
Zambia had been hardly hit by a measles outbreak especially among children under 5. Over 60 000 cases had been recorded across the country with a number of deaths resulting from the outbreak. The
disease seemed to have been contained following a massive country vaccination exercise against the outbreak
HealthMap Alerts via ProMED-EAFR
[Following the resurgence of measles in Zambia, an integrated national child health week for measles vaccination, targeting children form 6 months old to 5 years old, was implemented from 19 to
24 Jul 2010 (http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/zambia_55261.html). Epidemiological and laboratory investigations need to be undertaken for the cases mentioned in the current report as they are outside the high risk age-groups (less than 5 years old) for the recent measles outbreak in Zambia. The appropriate response should then be undertaken based on the findings of the investigation.
A map showing the provinces of Zambia can be accessed at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provinces_of_Zambia and the HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of the country can be accessed athttp://healthmap.org/r/017q. - Mod.JFW]