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Child vaccination campaigns are suspended in Syria after 15 infants die

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 22 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5791
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Vaccination campaigns in Syria face serious disruption after at least 15 infants aged under 2 died from receiving a heavy dose of anaesthetic by mistake, when they were supposed to receive a measles vaccine.

The infants in the northern, opposition controlled provinces of Idlib and Deir el Zour showed signs of shock and then suffocated shortly after receiving atracurium, a neuromuscular blocking agent used to temporarily paralyse the respiratory muscles …

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