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Event: EP Epidemic
Number: 2024-000085
Country: AFG Afghanistan
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Date (YMD): 2024-1-1
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Information Source:WHO
Comments: The epidemiological curve of suspected measles cases demonstrates a rising trend since the third week of November 2023. This could be explained by increased community transmission exacerbated by the winter season and low immunization coverage. During week 15-2024, a total of 1,323 suspected cases and 4 associated deaths were reported. This represents a decrease of 13.8% in suspected cases when compared to the preceding week. The 4 deaths were reported from 3 provinces: Herat (2), Kandahar (1), and Nimroz (1); all deaths were under-five children, while 1 of them was female. Since the beginning of 2024, a total of 17,428 suspected measles cases and 87 deaths (CFR=0.5%) were reported. Among suspected measles cases, 14,022 (80.5%) were under-five children, and 7,862 (45.1%) were females. Considering the number of suspected cases since the beginning of 2024, the highest cumulative incidence of suspected measles per 10,000 population is in Balkh (13.7) followed by Samangan (13.6), Khost (10.3), and Farah (9.8) provinces. (WHO, 17 Apr 2024)
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