Measles outbreak kills 10 more in Pakistan

An epidemic of measles in the Pakistani province of Sindh killed 10 more children on Sunday, raising the death toll to at least 50 since the start of the month.

Allah Jurhio Mallah, a resident of the Pir Sikandar Shah village, lost two daughters in the course of a single week to the illness. Mallah said his children were not vaccinated against measles, the Express Tribune reports.

"A local doctor was treating my children," Mallah said, according to the Express Tribune. "I brought my children late for treatment."

Multiple other deaths were reported throughout the rural province.

A district-wide measles immunization was supposed to begin in Dadu last week after Nasir Abbass Soomro, the district's deputy commissioner, issued orders to the health department. After four days of deliberation, the campaign has yet to begin.

Soomro asked the health department to vaccinate children in the district's schools in addition to a door-to-door campaign.

The health department has not confirmed any deaths in Sindh's Hyderabad division.

Aqeel Qureshi, the measles point person for the department, said that only a few dozen children were brought to public sector hospitals. He claimed that all the children were cured.

"Health teams are carrying out vaccination drive in villages in rural Sindh where measles cases have been reported," Qureshi said, according to the Express Tribune.