The South Africa National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports since the first week in October 2022, 727 confirmed measles cases have been detected, including 721 cases in eight outbreak-affected provinces–Limpopo (255 cases), Mpumalanga (102 cases), North West (196 cases), Gauteng (107 cases), Free State (27 cases), Western Cape (10), KwaZulu-Natal (17) and Northern Cape (7).
A measles outbreak has now been declared in all the provinces in South Africa except for the Eastern Cape.
The measles strain detected in Limpopo province and North West province is genotype D8, similar to the strain in Zimbabwe in the 2022 outbreak.
In the provinces where an outbreak has been declared, the most affected age groups are still the 5–9-year-olds (42%) with a considerable proportion of cases reported among the 1-4 (25%) and 10-14 age groups (19%).
Members of the public are urged to ensure their children are vaccinated against measles.
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