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Mishandled Vaccine, Reused Syringe Lead To Deaths Of 15 Children In South Sudan Measles Vaccination Campaign

New York Times: Mishandled Measles Vaccine Kills 15 Children in South Sudan
“Contaminated vaccines in a rural village in South Sudan killed 15 children last month and endangered dozens more, according to a statement from the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the health ministry of South Sudan. In the remote village of Nachodokopele in southeastern South Sudan, the same syringe was used on multiple people for four days straight. The vaccines were not stored in a cool place, as they should have been, the statement said…” (Fortin, 6/2).

NPR: A Botched Vaccine Campaign For Measles Killed 15 Children in South Sudan
“…The children, all under age five, died of severe sepsis and toxicity due to a botched vaccination campaign, according to a joint statement issued Thursday by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. … We talked to William Moss — a professor of epidemiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the head of epidemiology at the International Vaccine Access Center — about what went wrong…” (Gharib, 6/2).

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