Dutse — Six under-five children have died following an outbreak of measles and whooping cough in Suletankarkar Local Government Area of Jigawa state, Daily Trust learnt yesterday.

The Lagos State government, on Monday confirmed that measles was responsible for the death of 20 children in Otodo-Gbame community in Ikate, Lekki area of the state.

The available data on routine immunization in Nigeria show a disparity in coverage between Northern and Southern Nigeria, with the former performing worse. The effect of socio-cultural differences on health-seeking behaviour has been identified in the literature as the main cause of the disparity. Our study analyses the role of supply-side determinants, particularly access to services, in causing these disparities.

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More than 23,000 people, mostly children, have been infected with measles in the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Americas region, which includes the Caribbean has been declared free of Rubella.

Ibanda — The Ibanda District health officer, has confirmed a measles out-break in the district

Women in Kenya are enjoying a higher life expectancy than men, living to an average of 67.5 years compared to 63 for men.

The Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 (GBD 2013) aims to bring together all available epidemiological data using a coherent measurement framework, standardised estimation methods, and transparent data sources to enable comparisons of health loss over time and across causes, age–sex groups, and countries. The GBD can be used to generate summary measures such as disability-adjusted life-years (DALYs) and healthy life expectancy (HALE) that make possible comparative assessments of broad epidemiological patterns across countries and time.

Anti-vaxxers in Australia will no longer be able to send their children to childcare or kindergarten under proposed reform by the government of Victoria.

Some vaccines have been found to make some viruses more harmful via evolution, a new study has warned.