Measles Kills Ten In Masvingo

Provincial Medical Director (PMD), Dr Robert Mudyiradima said the 10 included mostly children from the Apostolic Sect religion who are against immunization.

“A suspected Measles outbreak has killed 10 people in the Murwira area in Bikita, about ten kilometers out of Nyika growth point. They are believed to belong to an Apostolic Sect,” Dr Mudyiradima said.

He said The Ministry of Health deployed a team of assessors Tuesday to try and contain the disease. The disease is suspected to have spread to children following a religious gathering by the apostolic sect members’ days before.

The measles outbreak comes hard on the heels of another one in Manicaland last December which claimed the lives of 22 infants.