By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
The Singapore Ministry of Health has noted an increase in the number of measles cases in Singapore in recent weeks. In the past week, there were 17 confirmed cases of measles infection at MINDSville @ Napiri, a residential home for persons with intellectual disability located at 7 Lorong Napiri (14) and S11 Dormitory @ Punggol, a foreign worker dormitory located at 2 Seletar North Link (3).
Officials say there is no evidence of community spread from these cases.
As of 22 July, 116 measles cases have been notified to MOH in 2019. 88 of these cases were local and 28 were imported from Bangladesh, Dubai, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. No deaths were reported in 2019 arising from the notified cases of measles.
Vaccination and vigilance key to measles prevention. Measles vaccination is compulsory by law for all children residing in Singapore as children are at high risk of developing complications. MOH would like to remind parents to ensure that their children’s measles vaccinations are up to date so as to protect themselves, maintain the high vaccination coverage and prevent community outbreaks locally. Adults are also recommended to be vaccinated against measles if they have not been previously vaccinated or lack evidence of immunity.
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