CAIRO: Around 11.4 million children have been vaccinated against measles since a national campaign kicked off Saturday across governorates, Ministry of Health announced Wednesday.
The campaign, targeting 24 million children, is expected to last until Nov.21. It was launched to protect children with ages between nine months and 10 years old from measles and Rubella (also known as German measles.)
The cost of the campaign is estimated at 165 million EGP ($20 million;) some 82,000 trained medical crew members are partaking in the campaign, according to a previous statement by the ministry.
The ministry has also stated it is using MMR, a “safe vaccine” against measles and Rubella.
Approximately 5000 children have been infected with the disease since January 2015, according to Youm7.
In 2014, the rate of infection among children reached some 1,740 cases, according to press statements by former Minister of Health Adel el-Adawy. Deaths cases of at least six were reported last year.
Measles is among the most contagious viral diseases, and its symptoms include fever, conjunctivitis, runny nose, cough and skin rash, which is often the first sign of illness.