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Measles outbreak confined to Serua / Namosi Subdivision – Ministry of Health

By Naveel Krishant

Monday 11/11/2019

According to the Ministry of Health, to date, the measles epidemic is limited to the Serua / Namosi sub-division, and more particularly to the Wailali settlement in Wainadoi.

According to the ministry, since the last update of November 7, no new cases have been reported. One of the suspected cases of the Nov. 7 update was later confirmed that he had measles after lab tests.

They state that a working group on measles has been convened by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services to coordinate the response to the outbreak and assist the respective teams of divisions and sub-divisions.

The ministry said that there were three confirmed cases and one suspected case reported in the Wailali settlement area in Wainadoi. He indicates that the three confirmed cases are a four-month-old baby and two adults aged twenty to twenty-five.

The four-month-old baby continues to be admitted in a stable state, to isolation, to Navua hospital, and the intervention team in case of emergency. Serua / Namosi sub-division epidemic performs daily surveillance of both adults, who are recovering well quarantined at home. .

Dr. Aalisha Sahukhan, health protection officer for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services, said all cases were linked and investigations were continuing on potential exposures they might have had with international travelers.

She added that the intervention team of the Serua / Namosi sub-division was working hard to control the epidemic in her sub-division. And they have the full support of the rest of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

The symptoms of measles are a fever and a rash with runny nose, sneezing, coughing, red and watery eyes and white spots inside the mouth.

The rashes begin after the other symptoms and spread throughout the body.

Measles is a highly infectious viral airborne disease that spreads easily through the air by breathing, coughing and sneezing.

You risk getting measles if you breathe the same air as a person with the disease and you are not immune if you have not been vaccinated or if you have never had the disease.

There is no specific treatment for measles because it is the body's immune system that fights the disease.

Most people recover from measles in 8 to 10 days by resting and making sure to eat and drink to avoid dehydration.

Some people infected with measles develop serious complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis (swelling of the brain).

The free vaccine is available at the nearest health center for people aged 12 months and older who are traveling abroad or in an epidemic zone.

Babies aged six to 12 months can also be vaccinated if they are traveling to an area affected by a measles outbreak, but still need to receive their next measles vaccine, in line with Fiji's immunization schedule. .

The ministry pointed out that pregnant women should not be vaccinated.

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