100+ kids dead in Vietnam measles outbreak

2014-04-18 10:03
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Hanoi - At least 112 children have died of measles in Vietnam this year, a news report said on Friday.

 There have been over 8 500 cases of measles this year, according to a Ministry of Health report issued late on Thursday, Tuoitrenews said.

In 87% of the cases the children had not been vaccinated or their vaccination status was unclear.

Hospitals were overloaded with cases and worried parents were bringing healthy children in, spreading the disease further, the report said.

 A number of vaccination scandals over the past year have discouraged parents from having their children vaccinated.

 On April 10, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said the death toll was only 25, sparking accusations that officials were trying to cover up the extent of the outbreak.

The last outbreak was in 2009-2010 when two children died of the disease. Several vaccination scandals involving the wrong drugs, or improper doses resulting in infant deaths, have caused suspicion among the public, local media said.
- SAPA
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