KABUL, Afghanistan-While hard to believe, there is a killer in Afghanistan more elusive than the greatly hunted Osama bin Laden. The virus responsible for causing measles is a cunning killer in a country where vaccinations are a luxury.
Officials at the UN Children's Fund and the Worth Health Organization (WHO) are working to change the fact that Afghanistan's measles mortality rate is the third-highest globally. With an $8 million dollar campaign, healthcare workers are seeing children between the ages of 6 months and 12 years in Kabul, giving vaccinations against the deadly virus. From the warn-torn capital, the aid workers will spread across the country, immunizing children in rural areas.
Measles is reportedly the leading cause of death in unvaccinated children globally.
Information from www.sfgate.com, www.cdc.gov