In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in Limpopo Province, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases reports as of 27 October 2022, the number of measles outbreak cases has increased to 11 in the Greater Sekhukhune district.
The last four measles cases were reported on 20 October 2022. The ages of the measles confirmed cases ranged from 9 months to 24 years, with four males and four females. Three children were fully vaccinated for measles. Six measles cases had unknown vaccination histories, and two children had not been vaccinated against measles. One measles case was hospitalized and another developed pneumonia without hospitalization.
Limpopo Province and Greater Sekhukhune District health officials have started public health response activities with the support of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and WHO. These activities include evaluating medical records to identify missing measles cases, contact tracing, screening for suspected measles cases using the measles surveillance case definition, and collecting blood and throat swabs for measles diagnostic tests.
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