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Measles Outbreak: 25 Confirmed Cases Of Measles In Fiji

The latest confirmed case is a 11-month-old from Nabua, who was admitted under isolation at Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, on Wednesday and discharged yesterday.
27 Dec 2019 13:22
Measles Outbreak: 25 Confirmed Cases Of Measles In Fiji

Since the last update on December 23, 2019 there are now 25 confirmed cases of measles.

The latest confirmed case is a 11-month-old from Nabua, who was admitted under isolation at Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva, on Wednesday and discharged yesterday.

The three-month-old baby reported in the previ­ous update continues to be admitted under isola­tion at CWM Hospital. All other cases confirmed earlier have recovered or are recovering well un­der home isolation.

All 25 cases are from the following areas in the Central Division:

12 cases from the Serua/Namosi Subdivision (Wailali, Wainadoi, Navunikabi, and Makosoi Deuba)

6 cases from Suva Subdivision (Nabua, Sa­mabula, Vatuwaqa, Tacirua, Wailekutu and Nai­korokoro Village in Lami).

3 cases from Rewa Subdivision (Koronivia, Nasilai Village Nakelo, Davuilevu).

4 cases from Naitasiri Subdivision (Saumakia Village)

Measles is a highly contagious disease; there­fore, non-essential travel to Naikorokoro Village in Lami, Saumakia Village in Naitasiri, Serua/Namosi, and Nasilai Village in Nakelo Rewa is strongly discouraged.

National Measles Immunisation Campaign

The national measles campaign will continue to target people who are most at risk of being infect­ed by measles and spreading the disease.

Since the outbreak was declared on Thursday 7 November 2019, around 328,000 people in Fiji have been immunised against measles. The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is urging every­one in the target groups to get vaccinated if they haven’t already during this campaign.

Children under the age of 5 are most at risk of being infected by measles and developing the complications of the disease.

The national Measles campaign is targeting peo­ple who are most at risk of being infected by mea­sles and spreading the disease:

All children aged 6 months to 5 years regard­less of prior vaccination history

All people born between 1980 and 2000 (19 to 39-year-olds who should have ID available if asked)

Any child who has not received 2 doses of a measles vaccine according to the national immu­nisation schedule

Any child aged 12 and 18 months in Fiji who are due their routine measles immunisation ac­cording to the national immunisation schedule

Any person travelling overseas (with evidence of travel i.e. a travel itinerary or ticket)

All health care workers

All airport and port-of-entry workers, and ho­tel staff

The only exceptions to those in the above groups are pregnant women, children under the age of 6 months, those with compromised immune sys­tems (including those on immunosuppressive medication/treatment), and those with a known allergy to the vaccine. These people should not be vaccinated.

 

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