By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services have reported two additional confirmed measles cases, bringing the total to 18.


The latest confirmed cases are a 3 month old from Wailali Settlement in Wainadoi, and a 1 year 5 month old from Wailekutu in Lami.

The 18 cases to date are from the following areas in the Central Division:

  • 12 cases from the Serua/Namosi Subdivision (Wailali, Wainadoi, Navunikabi, and Makosoi Deuba)
  • 4 cases from Suva Subdivision (Samabula, Vatuwaqa, Tacirua, Wailekutu).
  • 2 cases from Rewa Subdivision (Koronivia, Nasilai Village Nakelo).

In the first two days of phase two of the mass vaccination campaign, over 70 health teams have vaccinated more than 45,000 people across Central Division.

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Across Fiji it is targeting people in the groups listed below:

1)    Any child in Fiji who has not received 2 doses of a measles vaccine as per the national immunisation schedule

2)    Any child in Fiji aged 12 and 18 months who is due their routine measles vaccine as per the national immunisation schedule

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3)    Any person in Fiji travelling overseas, however evidence of travel must be provided i.e. travel itinerary or ticket

4)    All health care workers in Fiji

5)    All airport and hotel staff

In Central Division only, the campaign will also target:

1)    All children aged 6 months to 5 years

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

3)    All residents of Serua/Namosi aged 6 months and older.