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Measles Outbreak in PNG

A talk by Dr Will Davies

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Emergency Physician SMO in Remote & Austere Environments

In 2013/14 Australia's closest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, suffered a measles outbreak. There were about 2500 laboratory-confirmed cases and likely many thousands more, hundreds died, mostly children under 5 years old. There was no coverage of the epidemic outside PNG and little inside the country. The populous Highland regions were amongst the worst hit due to their isolation and relatively high population density. This is the story of the first 2 weeks of the outbreak in the winter of 2014 in Tari, Hela Province, Papua New Guinea.

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