UNICEF combats measles in overcrowded displacement camps in Somalia

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Measles is a viral respiratory infection that attacks the immune system.  Exceptionally contagious, children who are not immunized will suffer from the disease when exposed.  Children under the age of five are most at risk.  The disease infects close to 30 million children each year and kills almost 350,000, usually from complications related to pneumonia, diarrhoea and malnutrition.

Most deaths at the hands of measles are easily prevented through immunization at a cost of less than US $1 per child.  Through immunization, measles deaths dropped 78% from 733,000 in 2000 to 164,000 in 2008, almost an 80% reduction.

UNICEF correspondent Chris Niles reports on a measles vaccination campaign in camps for people displaced by drought and conflict in Mogadishu, Somalia.

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