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Measles outbreak kills 58 children in Indonesia's Papua

AP     16th January, 2018 08:03:24 printer

Measles outbreak kills 58 children in Indonesia's Papua

Indonesian authorities are struggling to contain a monthslong outbreak of measles in easternmost Papua province that has killed dozens of children.

 

Stefanus Lange, a doctor at a state-run hospital in Papua's Asmat district, said Tuesday that cases first were detected in September, but a lack of access to remote areas and the high mobility of villagers hampered treatment and vaccination efforts.

 

Lange said 36 victims died in Pulau Tiga sub-district and 22 died in Agats, the main town and capital of Asmat district.

 

He said other obstacles to overcoming the disease are a lack of personnel and a failure to reach all districts in the affected area.

 

A team of more than 50 doctors and paramedics from the Indonesian military arrived Tuesday in the province to help overcome the disease.

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