More than a dozen children are dead in South Sudan after receiving contaminated measles vaccines. The country’s Ministry of Health announced the tragedy June 2[, 2017]. Vaccination workers reportedly used the same syringe without sterilizing it and also failed to refrigerate the medicine during a four-day measles campaign in early May. Around 300 children were inoculated in the rural village of Nachodokopele. Fiften under the age of 5 died of what the United Nations called “severe sepsis-toxicity.” More than 30 others fell ill and experienced fevers, vomiting and diarrhea. The World Health Organization and UN Children’s Agency said in a June 1 statement that they did recover.
Contaminated Measles Vaccine Kills 15 Children in South Sudan
Published January 23, 2018 | Best in Video