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23 May 2017 description

In response to a measles outbreak, Tajikistan initiated a mass measles vaccination campaign on 15 May 2017, targeting almost 2 million children aged 1–9 years in the country. The outbreak, which began in May 2016, has caused over 400 confirmed cases to date.

International support for an urgent outbreak response

15 May 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

The measles epidemic in Tajikistan started in April 2017 gradually spreading out of Rudaki district to the capital city of Dushanbe and the surrounding districts as well as Khatlon oblast. In mid-April 2017, 263 registered cases of measles were reported, out of which 157 were laboratory confirmed. Based on official data, by 1 May, the number of notified and investigated cases rose from 263 to 345, with 246 (71%) patients hospitalized. No deaths were reported so far.