Friday, December 6, 2019
Home Health & Fitness Update on measles in Serua / Namosi

Update on measles in Serua / Namosi

Since the last update of November 7, there have been no new cases. A suspected case of the Nov. 7 update was subsequently confirmed that he had measles after lab tests.

Samabula Health Center nurses Shashi Lata (left) and Taina Marisela, when they vaccinate five-year-old Dick Bogidrau during measles immunization during their month-long visit to measles immunization. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

To date, the measles outbreak is limited to the Serua / Namosi subdivision, and more specifically to the Wailali settlement in Wainadoi. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has mandated a measles working group to coordinate the response to the outbreak and to assist the respective division and sub-division teams.

Since the last update of November 7, there have been no new cases. A suspected case of the Nov. 7 update was subsequently confirmed that he had measles after lab tests.

There are three confirmed cases and one suspected case reported in Wailali village in Wainadoi. 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 to a stable condition, in isolation, at Navua Hospital, and the Serua / Namosi Outbreak Response Team conducts daily surveillance of both adults, who are recovering well in quarantine at home. The suspect case of six years has since recovered.

Dr Aalisha Sahukhan, Health Protection Officer, Ministry of Health and Medical Services: "All cases are linked and investigations are continuing on all the potential exposures they may have had with international travelers . At this point, the Serua / Namosi Subdivision Response Team is working to control the outbreak within its subdivision. And they have the full support of the rest of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services "

The Serua / Namosi sub-division outbreak response team recently completed an annual refresher response training provided by the Fiji Communicable Disease Control Center (CDC). Fiji). And in response to the epidemic in their sub-division, the team has implemented its action plan against measles.

Some actions of the subdivisional team:

· Activation of the emergency operations center of Navua Hospital.

· Established triage and isolation areas at Navua Hospital for suspected cases of measles. All suspected cases are managed according to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

· Vaccinated over three hundred people in Wailali and surrounding communities. Teams are deployed daily to vaccinate anyone aged six months and over in the area of ​​the epidemic. Pregnant women, immunocompromised persons and people allergic to the vaccine will not be vaccinated.

• The sub-division team is also present at the Uprising Music Festival this weekend to raise public awareness of measles and vaccinate festival-goers.

For residents of Serua / Namosi:

The measles vaccine is available for people six months of age and older living in Serua / Namosi. Pregnant women, those with weakened immune systems and those with known allergy to the vaccine will not be vaccinated.

Please contact the Division Chief Medical Officer, Serua / Namosi, if you have measles symptoms.

The symptoms of measles are:

Fever and rash with any of the following symptoms: runny nose / sneezing, coughing, red / watery eyes, white spots inside the mouth. The rashes begin after the other symptoms and spread throughout the body.

To contact the divisional doctor, Serua / Namosi, phone: 8919356 or 9493213.

For the rest of Fiji:

Vaccination

Vaccination against measles is currently available for free at the nearest health center for the two groups listed below. Vaccines are not available at the emergency departments of CWM, Lautoka or Labasa hospitals. Please do not come to these emergency services for vaccination.

1. Children: The Ministry of Health and Medical Services provides free measles vaccine to children. Since 2003, two doses of the combined measles-rubella vaccine have been offered to all Fijian children, starting at the age of 12 months. The ministry also conducted an additional measles immunization campaign in 2017 for all children aged one to ten years.

Make sure your children have received at least two doses of measles vaccine according to Fiji's immunization schedule. This information must be included in your child's "Fiji Child Health Record" (booklet / card provided to every child born in Fiji) for children under five and in the school health card for school-aged children.

If your child has not received two doses of measles vaccine or if in doubt, please go to the nearest health center.

2. Those traveling overseas or in epidemic areas: Avoid non-essential movement in the epidemic zone. If you plan to go to Serua / Namosi, please get vaccinated against measles at least two weeks before your trip (it may take up to two weeks for the vaccine to take effect).

Babies aged six to 12 months can also be vaccinated if they are traveling to a region affected by a measles outbreak, but will still need to receive their next measles vaccine, in line with the immunization schedule. Fiji. Pregnant women, immunocompromised persons and people allergic to the vaccine will not be vaccinated.

Be aware of the symptoms of measles, and if you have them, call before going to your health center to avoid spreading the disease to others.

Measles information

Transmission

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 in the shelter. You are not immune if you have not been vaccinated or if you have never had the disease.

sYMPTOMS

The symptoms of measles are:

Fever and rash with any of the following symptoms: runny nose, sneezing, coughing, red / watery eyes, white spots inside the mouth. The rashes begin after the other symptoms and spread throughout the body.

Treatment

There is no specific treatment for measles, because it is the immune system of your body that fights this disease. Most people recover from a measles infection after 8 to 10 days of rest, making sure to eat and drink to avoid dehydration.

Complications

Some people infected with measles develop serious complications such as pneumonia (lung infection) or encephalitis (swelling of the brain). These people require hospitalization. Children under five (5), babies under one (1) year old, pregnant women, adults over twenty (20) years old and those with weakened immune systems are those who present the highest risk of complications.

Prevention

There is a safe and effective vaccine against measles. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services provides free measles vaccine to children. Since 2003, two (2) doses of the combined measles-rubella vaccine have been offered to all Fijian children, starting at the age of 12 months. Vaccination coverage for children in Fiji is good and the Ministry also conducted an additional campaign in 2017 for all children aged 1 to 10 years. Please ensure that your children have received at least two (2) doses of measles vaccine according to Fiji's immunization schedule. This information must be included in your child's "Fiji Child Health Record" (booklet / card provided to every child born in Fiji) for children under 5 and in the school health card for school-aged children.

Measles in Fiji

Thanks to our effective immunization program, measles is rare in Fiji. However, epidemics around the world, including in neighboring countries, still expose Fiji to the risk of developing measles cases.

Return of information: rosi.doviverata@fijisun.com.fj

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