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Measles Outbreak: 3 More Cases Confirmed By Fiji’s Health Ministry, Total of 7 Confirmed Cases

Latest cases are a seven-month-old and a three-month-old from Wainadoi, and a 19-year-old from Navunikabi in Namosi.
20 Nov 2019 13:31
Measles Outbreak: 3 More Cases Confirmed By Fiji’s Health Ministry, Total of 7 Confirmed Cases
A Suva Medical Centre staff member (left), assists Alitia Ragele and son Seveci Ravetau, 7, with free measles vaccination on November 19, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Three more cases of measles have been confirmed by the Ministry of Health, taking the total to seven confirmed cases in the country.

According to the Ministry of Health, the three new cases are confined to Serua and Namosi.

The latest confirmed cases are a seven-month-old, a three-month-old from Wainadoi, and a 19-year-old from Navunikabi in Namosi. There are two more suspected cases in Navunikabi, Namosi.

The two infants from Wainadoi are admitted under isolation at Navua Hospital.

“The Serua and Namosi Outbreak Response Team implemented response measures – including isolation of the cases, quarantine and vaccination of contacts and at risk communities,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

“To control this outbreak, it is important that we protect those at the highest risk of catching and spreading the disease first.

“Current vaccination stocks are not unlimited and should be used for our most vulnerable groups who are most likely to catch and spread the disease.”

Meanwhile, the measles scare has prompted people rushing to various health centres.

In Lami, the health centre had people lining up in the morning to get their vaccine shots.

Makereta Ranadi of Lami Village said they have been told that only 60 people would get vaccinated. She said people were scared.

A large number of people were also gathered at the Ministry of Health headquarters in Toorak, Suva.

Last week, Head of Health Protection at Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Dr Aalisha Sahu Khan, said there was 90,000 doses of the vaccine.

In the Pacific as of yesterday, New Zealand has the highest recorded confirmed cases of measles at 2060, Australia has 52, Samoa has 48 confirmed and 716 suspected cases while Tonga has 251 cases compared to seven in Fiji.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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