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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 104-107

Clinical presentation and outcome of measles in Sokoto, Nigeria

Department of Paediatrics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria

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Mu'uta Ibrahim
Department of Paediatrics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto
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A five year analysis of children with measles admitted at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, revealed that 201 cases were admitted during the period, with 70.4% of them aged between 13.2 months. There was a definite seasonal pattern with 71% of cases admitted during the hot dry months of April, May and June. The commonest complication was bronchopneumonia occurring in 67.5% of cases. Overall mortality rate was .4% and it was significantly associated with malnutrition which came out as a risk .factor for death in measles. ale education and sincere implementation of the Nigerian programme on immunization (N PI) are suggested as practical and achievable ways Of reducing the scourge of measles in Nigeria.

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