Anti-measles campaign immunizes 392K in border governorates
Egyptian health minister Ahmed Emad Eldin - YOUM7

CAIRO: More than 392,000 individuals have been immunized against measles since April 9 in a vaccination campaign in border governorates, the Health Ministry announced Sunday.

The campaign, which has already inoculated 57.3 percent of the targeted 685,000 people from 11 to 20 years old against measles and rubella,  is ongoing through April 19.

The campaign is taking place in governorates of North Sinai, South Sinai, Wadi el-Gadid, Red Sea, Aswan, Marsa Matrouh and Ismailia, said Amr Kandil, head of the Preventive Medicine Department in press statements, noting these areas have recorded epidemic outbreaks in previous years.

Spokesperson for the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said that the campaign injects MMR vaccine, as provided by the UNICEF, which has been used in previous campaigns in Egypt.

Megahed also stated that the ministry is using self-destructing syringes and considering infection control measures.

The vaccination is administered through trained fixed medical convoys at health units as well as mobile medical teams across different educational stages, including schools and Azhar institutes.

In 2015, a one-month vaccination campaign nationwide immunized more than 22 million children.

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

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

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