Nigerian state reports 361 measles cases since start of 2013

The Nigerian Yobe State Government recently announced that there have been 361 measles cases in the region since the beginning of the year.

There have been four confirmed measles-related deaths in Yobe State. The childhood illness has been identified in 14 out of the 17 administrative districts in the state, according to

Musa Alaraba, the press secretary to the Yobe deputy governor said 357 children have been treated and discharged. He also disputed a report that 87 children died in the local government area Potiskum.

"The figure represents total number of cases recorded in Potiskum and there was no single death in Potiskum, all the victims were treated and discharged,'' Alaraba said, reports.

The press secretary also noted that the Yobe State Ministry of Health had started a new measles vaccination campaign alongside its routine immunization program.

"As a deliberate policy, the ministry took advantage of the routine Immunization Plus Days to administer measles' vaccines to children who missed the initial immunization," Alaraba said, according to "A surveillance network has also been introduced in all the 17 local governments for early disease detection and quick response."

The World Health Organization recently reported that approximately nine percent of the 20 million children who were not administered the first dose of the vaccination against measles in 2011 were Nigeria.