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Measles in South Sudan (Update)

05 Jan 2017

On 2 January 2016 the mediaLink reported a measles outbreak in areas under control of SPLA-North (Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army) in the Nuba Mountain region.

The secretary of Health in the Nuba Mountains region is reported to have said that the health situation in the SPLA-North controlled areas is deteriorating. There has been over 100 cases of measles recorded between November and December 2016, of which 20 children have died.

Advice for Travellers

It should be confirmed that children have received their recommended doses of Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine at 12-13 months of age and again pre-school around 3 years 6 months. Unimmunised adults who have not had the disease themselves may consider vaccination if thought to be at risk. Two doses of MMR vaccine are required to give adequate protection.