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Zimbabwe’s Health Resources Overwhelmed by Outbreak

Health officials in Zimbabwe are attempting to contain a measles outbreak that has infected more than 2,000 people and killed at least 157 children. The country’s health ministry blames the outbreak on religious sects that are against vaccinations. The government wants all children vaccinated before schools reopen in early September. Zimbabwe’s information minister, Monica Mutsvangwa, said the infectious viral disease – which causes a fever and a red rash – was rampant in Manicaland province, which borders Mozambique. The government is trying to vaccinate all children between ages six and 15 with the help of U.N. agencies such as UNICEF and the World Health Organization, said July Moyo, Zimbabwe’s minister of local government.