The Paraguay Ministry of Public Health reported recently on a suspected case of measles in a 5-year-old boy from the Department of Itapúa.

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The sample is in the process of being sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

With the notification of the suspected case, the health team of the VII Sanitary Region – Itapúa, carried out actions including monitoring of vaccination coverage and search for other cases, among the closest contacts and around of the affected person’s home, and the coverage of the health team was extended in the neighborhood where the person lives. 

So far, no further suspicious cases have been reported. Monitoring and contact tracing will continue for at least 30 days.

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This viral disease is highly contagious, can be serious and deadly. It is transmitted by droplets from the nose, mouth and pharynx. 

In Paraguay, no cases of measles have been recorded since 1998, however, there is an alert of the risk of an outbreak, due to the increase in cases worldwide, there are even cases in neighboring countries. 

In 2015, Paraguay obtained a measles/rubella elimination certification. If the virus is reintroduced, the country could lose that certification.

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