The death of a six-year-old girl in the Pakistani province of Sindh over the weekend has increased the death toll from a measles outbreak to 28 people in the last two weeks.
A local television station reported hospital sources as saying the outbreak started in late October among children under the age of seven. They said the Upper Sindh region was still reeling from a series of floods that occurred in August and September, according to APA.az.
District Health Officer Dr. Abdul Fatah Bughio said that he could not confirm the death toll, but he was certain there have been more than one hundred measles cases reported in the region since the outbreak began. He said unsanitary conditions, unhygienic food and general poverty have exacerbated the situation.
Families in areas affected by flooding have reported that stagnant rain water is still surrounding their houses and that are concerned because authorities have yet to offer any help.
Dr. Saifullah Jamro from the Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Medical University said Pakistani health officials have confirmed 2,143 measles cases across the country since the beginning of the year, APA.az reports.
The World Health Organization reported that a June 2012 measles outbreak in Sindh claimed the lives of 27 children under the age of five.