Disease outbreak news -> Measles – Gaza Strip

Disease outbreak news -> Measles – Gaza Strip

From 1 January through 19 December 2019, a total of 124 laboratory-confirmed cases of measles, including two deaths, were reported in the Gaza Strip (case fatality ratio=1.6%). Of the confirmed cases, forty-nine cases (40%) were hospitalized, 12 were among health care workers, and seventy-five (60%) were males. Gaza Strip has an estimated population of 1.99 million (Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics-2019).

In addition, of the confirmed cases, 57 cases (46%) were unvaccinated, of which 28 (23%) were among infants between 6 months to one year old, and 29 (23%) among age groups higher than 30 years old. Between 2009 and 2018, the median administrative immunization coverage for the second dose of measles-containing-vaccine (MCV2) was 97%.

Published at: January 09, 2020 at 07:00PM

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