New measles outbreak in Zimbabwe

BIKITA, Zimbabwe — Ten infants have died of measles in the past five days, health authorities here told Radio VOP on Jan. 20.

Masvingo Province’s medical director, Robert Mudyiradima, said the 10 included mostly children from the Apostolic Sect religion who are against immunization.

“A suspected measles outbreak has killed 10 people in the Murwira area in Bikita, about 10 kilometers out of Nyika growth point. They are believed to belong to an Apostolic Sect,” Mudyiradima said.

He said the Ministry of Health deployed a team of assessors Jan. 19 to try to contain the disease. The disease is suspected to have spread to children following a religious gathering by the sect’s members days earlier.

The measles outbreak comes hard on the heels of another one in Manicaland in December that claimed the lives of 22 infants.