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Measles Outbreak: Another Confirmed Case Of Measles, A 24-Year-Old From Tacirua

The latest is a 24-year-old from Sakoca in Tacirua, Ministry of Health confirms.
05 Dec 2019 09:41
Measles Outbreak: Another Confirmed Case Of Measles, A 24-Year-Old From Tacirua
Samabula Health Centre nurse Emmanuel Pene (right) assists people with the second phase of measles vaccination on December 4, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The 15 confirmed cases have been discharged, an official from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has said.

Dr Aalisha Sahukhan, who heads the Health Protection unit with the ministry confirmed this yesterday.

“They have been discharged and placed at their respective homes,” she said.

Last night the Ministry of Health confirmed the Suva Sub-Divisional Outbreak Response Team rapidly responded to the latest case in Tacirua.

“We are very fortunate in Fiji to test locally and give the results quickly as we have only reported confirmed cases till date,” Dr Sahukhan said.

Yesterday, large crowds gathered in big numbers at the designated areas in the Central Division to get vaccinated for measles. This is phase two of the mass immunisation campaign, which will continue for the next five days in the Central Division.

A pleased Dr Sahukhan said: “We are very happy to see that the public are showing great interest on this matter and are turning up in numbers to get vaccinated.

“The Central Division is prioritised for this phase of campaign because all the confirmed cases to date remains in this division. The other division will be targeted once more vaccines arrive into the country.

“In the Central Division, the campaign will target all children aged six months to five years and all people born between 1980 to 2000 (19 to 39 years). “

At least 100,000 people around the country were vaccinated during phase one of the immunisation campaign, which includes more than 20,000 people in the outbreak area of Serua/Namosi.

Dr Sahukhan said the campaign would also target any child who had not received two doses of measles vaccine, children aged from 12 to 18 months who are scheduled for their routine immunisation, any person in the country travelling overseas, all health workers, airport and hotel staff members.

“Measles can spread very easily among large groups of people and if they are not immune, they can take the disease back into their communities,” she warned.

“Women with babies under the age of six months, those with compromised immune systems and those with a known allergy to the vaccine should not be vaccinated.”

She acknowledged the assistance provided by UNICEF and the governments of Australian and New Zealand in securing vaccines for the country.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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