Nation-wide campaign vaccinates 19.3 children against measles: Health Min.
Anti-measles vaccination national campaign kicks off Oct. 31, in health unit in Imbaba, Giza- Deena Romia/YOUM7

CAIRO: A nation-wide anti-measles vaccination campaign has inoculated a total of 19.3 million children since it kicked off 11 days ago, the Ministry of Health announced Tuesday.

Measles is among the most contagious viral diseases; during 2014 Egypt witnessed some 1,740 cases with at least six deaths.

But since January 2015, some 5,000 children have been infected, according to Youm7.

Symptoms include: fever, conjunctivitis, runny nose, cough and skin rash, which is often the first sign of illness.

The campaign aims to inoculate 24 million children from nine months to 10 years old from measles and Rubella (also known as German measles) by Nov. 21.

So far, Wadi el-Gadid governorate announced it had vaccinated 80 percent of its children, and in Fayoum, some 88 percent of children there received the MMR vaccine.

Some 82,000 trained medical crew members are partaking in the campaign, the cost of which is estimated at 165 million EGP ($20 million.)

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