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In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in South Africa, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) now reports 227 cases of laboratory-confirmed measles across all provinces through December 17.

216 cases were reported from five provinces with a declared measles outbreak, namely Limpopo (110 cases), Mpumalanga (64 cases), North West (27 cases), Gauteng (10 cases), and Free State (5 cases).

Measles spreads from person to person by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Signs and symptoms of measles include rash, high fever and a cough, runny nose, or red, watery eyes. People can spread measles up to 4 days before and 4 days after they have a rash. Measles can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia, and even death.