Nigeria – Measles outbreak (DG ECHO, WHO, NCDC, NGOs) (ECHO Daily Flash of 16 March 2019)

The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has reported almost 6 000 cases of measles and 15 deaths in Nigeria since the beginning of 2019, twice as much as last year for the same period.

With more than 3 600 cases, the vast majority among children under five, Borno State is the most affected by the outbreak. Despite the vaccination campaign conducted in February, the number of cases continues to rise. A second round of vaccination campaign is planned by the State Ministry of Health and health partners.

In the last four months, the increased level of hostilities resulted in massive displacement. More than 700 000 people are living in overcrowded camp-like settings in Borno State, significantly increasing the risk of epidemics and infectious diseases. Additional space is critically required to accommodate 90 000 displaced people to ensure safe and healthy leaving conditions.