By NewsDesk @bactiman63
For the first ten months of 2021, French Guiana, on the northeast coast of South America, have reported five confirmed measles cases.
Of the 5 confirmed cases reported between January 1 and the end of October 2021, 4 are female, ages range from 1 to 47 years (median 14 years), none had a history of complete vaccination, one was an imported case from Brazil, one was a secondary case of a Brazilian confirmed case, and one reported a history of travel on the border of Brazil.
Confirmed cases were reported in the communes of Kourou (2 cases of which one case was imported from Brazil, resulting in a secondary case), Saint-Georges de l’Oyapock (2 cases epidemiologically linked with the imported case from Brazil), and Cayenne (1 case). The D8 genotype was identified in 4 cases and the genotype results are pending for one case.
In addition to French Guiana, confirmed measles cases were reported in Brazil and the US this year in the Americas.
Brazil has seen 619 confirmed cases including 2 deaths in 6 federal units; the United States of America has seen 47 confirmed cases in 4 jurisdictions.