WHO warns of measles in Ethiopia and Kenya

The World Health Organization recently warned that is concerned about the spread of the measles in Ethiopia and Kenya.

Droughts in the region are forcing large populations to move, spreading the disease to unaffected areas, according to In addition, poor health care facilities, low immunization coverage and a lack of proper sanitation can contribute to a potential crisis.

There have already been 5,000 cases of the measles reported in the region, and the WHO estimates that at least two million children are at risk from the disease. Additionally, nine million people are thought to be at risk for acute diarrhea and may be susceptible to cholera.

According to aid agencies, Kenya is seeing a deterioration in its health conditions. Large groups of people are beginning to seek medical attention while medical and other supplies are in a state of shortage.

To counter an influx of infection, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the WHO and the Kenyan Ministry of Health will begin vaccination efforts along the Somali-Kenyan border and within the Dadaab refugee camps. The efforts are expected to result in the immunization of 200,000 children under the age of five against polio and measles. They will also be issued with vitamin A supplements and de-worming tablets to treat malnutrition.