WHO supports investigation of reports of child illness and death in the Syrian Arab Republic

On 16 September 2014, WHO became aware of reports of some children becoming ill or dying in Idlib, a rural area of the Syrian Arab Republic where a local health organization was carrying out a measles vaccination campaign. WHO is deeply concerned about these reports, the details of which have not yet been confirmed.

The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is taking the lead in supporting investigation efforts. WHO/Europe is providing technical assistance.