By NewsDesk @bactiman63
The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services is reporting two cases of measles in two villages in the Serua province in the Serua-Namosi Medical Sub-Division.
The two cases were identified after a child was presented to Korovisilou Health Centre and later transferred to CWM Hospital from Navua, on Wednesday 17 November 2021.
The measles case was later confirmed after testing by the Fiji Centre of Communicable Disease.
Investigation suggests that the disease transmission took place some weeks prior at a funeral gathering in a village located in the Serua / Namosi Province.
Since the identification of cases, the Ministry has initiated an immediate response through instituting a thorough investigation of households and social mobilization within the immediate two villages, the management of confirmed cases, and the isolation of immediate family members. The Ministry has also put in place a plan of action for the Serua-Namosi Medical Sub-division.
The Ministry is immediately embarking with the following actions:
- All children aged 6 months to 11 years in the Serua-Namosi Medical Sub-division to receive one dose measles vaccination and 2 drops of Polio;
- All children around Fiji who have turned 1 and are yet to receive their MMR vaccine are encouraged to turn up to the nearest health facility for their vaccination;
- This includes year 1 students who have yet to get their measles vaccination.
- High fever – which begins about 10 to 12 days after exposure to the virus lasting 4 to 7 days
- A runny nose
- Red and watery eyes
- Small white spots inside the cheeks in the initial stage
- After several days a rash erupts usually on the face and upper neck, within 3 days it spreads reaching the hands and feet lasting for 5 to 6 days.
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