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Widespread Measles Outbreak Hits CAR

“A severe measles epidemic has affected the whole territory of the Central African Republic [CAR], which lacks any strong health infrastructure, Health Minister Aguid Sounouk has said,” Agence France-Presse/Al Jazeera reports. “The minister blamed the spread of the disease on ‘outbreaks of measles in several administrative districts of the country where no action was organized to contain the epidemic’ since December 2012,” when CAR “was undergoing an insurgency that led to the overthrow of president Francois Bozize in March and placed power in the hands of a rebel coalition, which has since joined with other forces to form an interim government,” the news agency writes. “A vaccination campaign took place in the capital Bangui in May this year and reached 122,000 children, but nothing has been done for about 1.5 million children who live in other parts of the country,” AFP notes (8/13).