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9 children killed in suspected measles outbreak in northeastern state

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At least 19 children have been killed so far by a suspected measles outbreak in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Adamawa, local authorities said Saturday.

More than 200 children were suspected to have been affected by the measles outbreak in Mubi North local government area, Felix Tangwami, the commissioner for health in Adamawa, told reporters.

Measles is a viral infection common among children under five but easily preventable through vaccines. It spreads through the air by respiratory droplets produced from coughing or sneezing.

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