Measles outbreak: Fiji records 15 confirmed cases

Travellers who are uncertain about their measles vaccination status should receive at least one dose of a measles-containing vaccine at least 15 days prior to travel. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE country has now recorded 15 confirmed cases of measles since its outbreak in the Serua-Namosi division last month.

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services said the latest confirmed case was a 38-year-old woman from Nasilai Village, Nakelo in the Rewa subdivision.

It said the Rewa subdivisional outbreak response team was rapidly responding to notification of this latest case.

“The response includes isolation of the case, and quarantine and vaccination of contacts and the at-risk community as appropriate,” the ministry said.

The ministry said out of the 15 cases, 11 were from the Serua-Namosi subdivision (Wailali, Wainadoi, Navunikabi, and Makosoi in Deuba), two from Suva (Samabula and Vatuwaqa subdivision) and two from Rewa (Koronivia, Nasilai Village in Nakelo, Tailevu).

It also said the second phase of the immunisation campaign would begin tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the ministry confirmed that close to 100,000 people around the country have been vaccinated during phase one of the immunisation campaign.

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