Measles outbreak in Sindh kills 210 children

Five more children died on Tuesday in Pakistan's Sindh province because of a measles outbreak that killed 210 children in the province in 2012.

The deaths on Tuesday were reported from Sindh's Tangwani, Guddu and Ghospur regions. On Monday, 16 children died as a result of measles in Sindh. Two children died in Tangwani, four in Thull, three in Kandhkot, five in the Ghotki district and one each in the Jacobabad and Sukkur districts, Associated Press reports.

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the number of measles cases surged in southern Pakistan in 2012 and that hundreds of children died as a result. A provincial health official said the areas hit hardest by the disease were the ones in which poor families did not vaccinate their children.

Maryam Yunus, a WHO spokesperson, said on Tuesday that 306 children died from measles in Pakistan in 2012. In 2011, 64 children died from the disease. She said the Sindh province experienced the greatest increase, from 28 children falling prey to measles in 2011 to 210 children dying from measles in 2012.

Saghir Ahmed, Sindh's health minister, said that 100 children died in the province in December alone. Most of the cases occurred in areas where many children go unvaccinated, Associated Press reports.