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Measles outbreak in Morocco: five deaths so far

Measles outbreak in Morocco: five deaths so far

June 4, 2024 – 9:00 pm – Morocco


Measles has spread rapidly in Morocco in recent months. Five deaths were reported in the Ait Hani community in Tinghir Province. Most of the victims are children.

Measles, known locally as “Bou Hamroun”, affects the population of “Temtoushti” in the Ait Hani community. Five people have already been killed, according to a spokesman for the Ait Hani community in Amak. Most of the victims are children. According to the source, the community needs new ambulances – there are only two – to transport seriously ill patients to the hospital to receive treatment and prevent further deterioration in their health condition. The source also calls for a medical campaign in the region and vaccination of the population to prevent further deterioration of the health situation.

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The same source reported that the regional mission of the Ministry of Health in Tinghir carried out a measles vaccination campaign months ago, before everyone was surprised by the spread of the disease. Last March, the Ministry of Health warned of an increase in the number of measles cases in Morocco, “in a global context with a noticeable increase in the number of cases and their spread around the world, including Europe, Africa, the United States, and France.” Other regions of the world.” The Souss-Massa region is considered the most affected region since mid-September 2023.

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Dr. Abdel-Ghani Kharshafi, a specialist in general medicine, explains that measles is one of the so-called childhood diseases that is accompanied by fever and rash. According to him, Bouhamroun is a viral disease that is not new and has occurred all over the world for decades. The specialist confirms that despite vaccination, the disease has not completely disappeared, as it is an endemic disease that appears in the form of isolated cases and can sometimes cause a limited outbreak, especially in areas where vaccination rates are low. According to his interpretation, the disease that affects the respiratory system spreads when the infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. The disease can cause serious complications that may lead to the death of the patient, but in most cases it is a mild disease.

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