Beware of Measles!

| December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The public is warned about the outbreak of measles in South Africa.

A press release from the Ministry of Health stated that measles cases hadbeen reported in the Western Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape provinces.

Signs and symptoms of measles include high grade fever, headache, skin rash, reddish discoloration of the eye and general body weakness. The ministry stated that Botswana only reported one laboratory confirmed case of measles in February this year.

“Our high immunization coverage rate of children under five years with measles vaccine at the age of nine and 18 months as well as periodic supplementary immunization activities have contributed to the significant reduction in the incidence of measles cases,” the ministry stated.

Members of the public were aised to avoid close contact with confirmed or suspected cases as the disease could easily transmit from one person to the other. The ministry stated that those affected should isolate themselves and avoid contact with children particularly unimmunised ones and people with chronic diseases and conditions.

“As we approach the festive season when travel is very likely to the affected country as well as the likelihood of the international spread of measles outbreak into Botswana the public is urged to take the necessary preventive measures,” the release states.

Any individual with symptoms suggestive of measles should visit the nearest health facility. Parents and guardians are further aised to ensure that their children are fully immunized.

All public health facilities are on high alert to provide the necessary health services for the management of any cases of suspected or confirmed measles.

Source : MoH

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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