A measles outbreak in Menongue City, Angola, killed 10 people in less than a month, causing concern among local health authorities about the highly contagious disease.
Most of the deceased in the capital of the country’s Kuando Kubango province were below the age of two. One of the deaths occurred in a 35-year-old adult, Angola Press reports.
Carlos Jonas, the head of the Menongue municipality health department, said on Thursday that the highly contagious disease caused authorities to reinforce acts of routine vaccination.
Between September 17 and October 11, Angolan health authorities recorded 320 cases of measles in the city. Authorities said that the number of cases is particularly high during such a short period.
Ten people in the city are currently in-patients in Menongue City’s central hospital while others are receiving ambulatory treatment, Angola Press reports.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles is a viral respiratory disease that typically grows in the cells lining the back of the lungs and throat. Measles can cause cough, runny nose, fever and a rash all over the body.
Approximately one out of 10 children with measles get an ear infection and approximately one out of 20 get pneumonia. Additional but rare complications can include encephalitis and death.