TORGHAR: A team of health officials has been dispatched to a remote village of Torghar district after outbreak of measles which claimed one life and infected several others.

The issue came to the notice of the district health authorities after media reports that measles is spreading quickly in Mera Madakhel village of Torghar district.

District Health Officer Torghar Dr Naeem Awan said they had dispatched mobile health teams to the remote village. He said the situation was alarming in the area as some parents were reluctant to get their children vaccinated against the disease despite its outbreak.

He said that Mera Madakhel was a far-off village situated alongside Indus river but mobile vaccination teams were stationed there after a boy died of measles. He hoped that the situation will quickly improve after vaccination of children in the area.

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus. Initial symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, and inflamed eyes.