Measles outbreak: Fiji now records 19 confirmed cases

A staff nurse draws vaccine during a vaccination drive at Wailali settlement in Wainadoi between Suva and Navua. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

THERE are now 19 confirmed cases of measles in Fiji.

A Government statement issued today says the latest confirmed is a nine-month-old from Davuilevu in Rewa who stayed at Saumakia Settlement in Naitasiri, and the Korovou Prison Compound in Suva.

“This child is currently admitted in a stable condition under isolation in the CWM Hospital,” the statement said.

“The outbreak response teams are conducting investigations in the respective locations listed, with quarantine and vaccination of contacts and at risk communities as appropriate.”

The 19 cases to date are from the following areas in the Central Division:

  • 12 cases from the Serua/Namosi Subdivision (Wailali, Wainadoi, Navunikabi, and Makosoi Deuba)
  • 4 cases from Suva Subdivision (Samabula, Vatuwaqa, Tacirua, Wailekutu).
  • 3 cases from Rewa Subdivision (Koronivia, Nasilai Village Nakelo, Davuilevu).

Measles is a highly contagious disease; therefore, non-essential travel to Saumakia Settlement in Naitasiri, Serua/Namosi, and Nasilai Village in Nakelo is strongly discouraged.

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