Published Date: 2010-10-27 20:22:43
Subject: PRO/EAFR> Measles - Africa (38): Angola (Moxico)
Archive Number: 20101028.214600
MEASLES - AFRICA (38): ANGOLA (MOXICO)
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Date: Fri 22 Oct 2010
Source: Angola Press Agency (Angop) [in French, machine trans., edited]
The local representative of the World Health Organization (WHO),
Albino Lohonca, informed ANGOP Friday [22 Oct 2010], that 17 people
died among 411 cases of measles diagnosed in Moxico, between June and
October . 36 patients, mostly children under 5 years are
admitted in intensive care in the provincial hospital in Luena.
According to the source, the cases are increasing, since in September
2010, health authorities registered 209 cases with 6 deaths.
Albino Lohonca reported that the town of Moxico (headquarters) topped
the list with a total of 324 cases, followed by Luau with 48 cases;
Alto-Zambeze with 29 cases; Kamanomgue, with 9 cases, and Leua with a
To combat the disease, a vaccination campaign was conducted last
August , for children from 9 months to 14 years.
The WHO official has advised local residents to go to the nearest
medical units if their symptoms are suspicious.
HealthMap Alerts via ProMED-EAFR
[A measles campaign targeting children aged 9 months to 14 years was
concluded in August 2010 in response to the measles outbreak in
Moxico province. That notwithstanding, measles cases continue to be
reported in the province raising questions about the coverage of the
recently concluded campaign. This calls for re-evaluation of the
national measles control plan to determine the interventions that
need to be strengthened to control the current outbreaks.
A map showing the provinces of Angola can be accessed at
HealthMap/ProMED-mail interactive map of Angola can be accessed at
http://healthmap.org/r/0eqI. - Mod.JFW]