Cuba children die after measles
30 may 2002
Three Cuban children have died and dozens more are ill after taking a
measles vaccine manufactured in India.
The Cuban Health Ministry said a "rare accident" had occurred on 22 May
after a group of schoolchildren were inoculated against the disease with
apparently contaminated doses from India.
The vaccines were certified by the World Health Organisation and purchased
through the Pan-American Health Organisation.
No details were given about who the victims were, or where the incident took
The Cuban authorities have halted the annual measles vaccination campaign
while the causes of the deaths are investigated.
The investigation will be carried out by a specially set up ministerial
Measles was eradicated from Cuba in 1993, but campaigns to immunise young
children are regularly carried out.
In 2002, some 750,000 Cuban children between the ages of four and nine have
already been vaccinated.
The Health Ministry note ends by saying no new problems have been reported
in the week since the incident.
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