n South African Medical Journal - Issues in public health : silent casualties from the measles outbreak in South Africa : forum

Volume 101, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



South Africa, home to the world's largest population of people living with HIV (5.7 million), experienced a measles outbreak that started in late 2009. There was a stepped increase in cases of measles, with the highest incidence reported in March 2010. By September 2010, more than 17 000 new measles cases had been reported to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases since January 2009. A mass vaccination campaign from mid-April to early May 2010 resulted in a significant decline in new measles cases.

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