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Brazil health ministry says 4 million kids need vaccinations

Lara Melo, 3-year-old, receives a vaccine against measles in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Brazilian health authorities launched a nationwide vaccination campaign against measles and polio, two diseases that are showing up in larger numbers in Latin America’s largest nation after being all but eradicated. (Leo Correa / AP)
Lara Melo, 3-year-old, receives a vaccine against measles in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Brazilian health authorities launched a nationwide vaccination campaign against measles and polio, two diseases that are showing up in larger numbers in Latin America’s largest nation after being all but eradicated. (Leo Correa / AP)

SAO PAULO – Brazil’s health officials say more than 4 million children still need to be vaccinated against measles.

More than 1,380 people have been infected in an outbreak linked to cases imported from Venezuela.

To stop the disease’s spread, Brazil’s Health Ministry launched a campaign this month to vaccinate all children between 1 and 5 – regardless of their vaccination history. It said Friday that 4.1 million children still had not been vaccinated as the campaign enters its final week.

Among the states with the lowest vaccination rates is Roraima, one of two border states with Venezuela where cases are concentrated.

Health services in the neighboring country have collapsed amid economic and political turmoil, causing more than 1 million people to flee.

Tens of thousands have migrated to Brazil.


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