oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Measles and the birth rate

Volume 22, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



It may strike many people as little short of ludicrous that we should be paying so much attention to measles. The hard fact remains that in the City of Salisbury until relatively recently the commonest cause of death in the isolation hospital was measles and its complications. Although no detailed surveys have been carried out, the overwhelming impression among the staff of the department was that measles contributed more than anything else not only to the death of young children but to the appearance of frank malnutrition. On many occasions when, as a group, we have sat down to discuss the priorities within the boundary of the city, we have been driven inexorably to the conclusion that measles is responsible for a large portion of our hospital costs, and remember we run only the infectious diseases hospitals of the city.

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