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Pakistan records 103 child measles deaths in 19 days: WHO

Published on Jan 24, 2013 12:28 AM

KARACHI (AFP) - More than 100 children have died of measles in Pakistan this month, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday, calling it "an alarming outbreak".

"Some 103 Pakistani children have died from Jan 1 to Jan 19 this year because ofthe post-measles complications such as pneumonia, post-measles encephalitis and diarrhoea," WHO spokeswoman Maryam Yunus told AFP.

Sixty-three of the cases occurred in the southern province of Sindh, which was hit by severe flooding in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

More than 300 Pakistani children died of measles in 2012, a staggering increase on the previous twelve months and a result of three consecutive years of flooding, officials said.

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