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Measles vaccination campaign urged in Ebola-stricken nations
Measles vaccination campaign urged in Ebola-stricken nations

The disruption of healthcare services in West Africa's Ebola-affected nations has resulted in a growing pool of children who remain unvaccinated for measles and could trigger a regional outbreak capable of infecting up to a quarter million people, researchers warn. Even as the Ebola epidemic appears to be tapering off, damage to local healthcare systems "could lead to a second infectious disease crisis that could kill as many as, if not more than, the original outbreak," researchers wrote Thursday in the journal Science. According to researchers, measles susceptibility has been growing in the three nations most heavily impacted by Ebola -- Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone....

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