12th December 12:00 AM
Measles outbreak reaches Fiji
By Fijivillage
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Human Rights Day march cancelled due to measles advisory (Saturday 07/12/2019)

By: Rashika Kumar

The NGO Coalition for Human Rights has cancelled the Human Rights Day march that was supposed to take place on Tuesday in Suva.

The Chair, Nalini Singh says that in light of the measles outbreak in Fiji, they will adhere to the advisory from the Ministry of Health and will not hold any large gatherings as it would put others at risk. 

She says they respect everyone’s right to health and would request others to do the same and has called on people to follow preventative measures such as getting immunized and seeking medical attention if required.

The Coalition in a statement has called for strict adherence to the advisory by the Ministry of Health by everyone.

The statement goes on to say that Coalition will have alternate plans for the day and is urging the members of the public to keep an eye on social media as to how they can join the commemoration for Human Rights Day.

 

18 confirmed cases of measles in the country (Friday 06/12/2019)

By: Vijay Narayan

There are now 18 confirmed cases of measles in the country. 

The Health Ministry says the latest confirmed cases are a 3-month-old baby from Wailali Settlement in Wainadoi and a 1 year 5 months old child from Wailekutu in Lami. 

The Ministry says the outbreak response teams have rapidly responded to the latest cases.

12 cases have been confirmed from the Serua/Namosi Subdivision (Wailali, Wainadoi, Navunikabi and Makosoi Deuba)

4 cases from Suva Subdivision (Samabula, Vatuwaqa, Tacirua, Wailekutu)

2 cases from Rewa Subdivision (Koronivia, Nasilai Village Nakelo)

In the first two days of phase two of the mass vaccination campaign, over 70 health teams have vaccinated more than 45,000 people across the Central Division.  

Opening times of vaccination booths have been changed to 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday and they will also be open from 9am to 3pm on Saturday in all locations.  

Measles is a highly contagious disease; therefore, non-essential travel to Serua/Namosi and Nasilai Village in Nakelo is strongly discouraged, as are mass gatherings in these areas. The Ministry advises that it will not support and has not supported any requests to condone mass gatherings in these locations.

If you need to travel to these areas, please get vaccinated against measles at least two weeks before travel. Please avoid taking those that cannot get vaccinated (for example, babies under the age of 6 months and pregnant women) to the outbreak areas.

Close to 100,000 people around the country were vaccinated in phase one of the campaign. This includes over 20,000 people in the outbreak area of Serua/Namosi.  People who were vaccinated in phase one of the campaign will not be vaccinated again in phase two.

In the Central Division only, the campaign will target all children aged 6 months to 5 years, all people born between 1980 and 2000 (19 to 39-year-olds, who should have ID available if asked) and all residents of Serua/Namosi aged 6 months and older. 

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Fiji has good opportunities and strong political will to realise the right to health - Puras (Friday 06/12/2019)

By: Vilisi Nawaqatabu

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur for Health in the Pacific, Dainius Puras says Fiji has good opportunities and strong political will to realise the right to health but achieving this goal will depend as much on addressing violence, discrimination and inequalities as on investments in its health care system.

The UN Special Rapporteur has also commended the Fijian government for its good management of the measles outbreak.

Puras says Fiji has invested in all the main elements of health care through the modernized outpatient and hospital care, invested in infrastructure and increased salaries for medical doctors.

He says it is important to continue investing in a sustainable health care system with a focus on primary care but it is equally essential to seriously address the major determinants of health such as violence, discrimination and inequalities that threaten the effective realization of people’s rights to health.

Puras says Fiji should also make full use of its existing legislation and policies to combat violence against women and other vulnerable groups.

He says community-based rehabilitation services should also be developed to support people with psychosocial, intellectual and cognitive disabilities.

He says this needs measures that are adequately supported with resources and that are in line with a human rights-based approach and based on specific evidence.

 

16 confirmed cases of measles in Fiji (Thursday 05/12/2019)

By: Shanil Singh

There are now 16 confirmed cases of measles in Fiji with the latest confirmed case being a 24-year-old from Sakoca in Tacirua.

The Suva Subdivisional Outbreak Response Team has rapidly responded to this latest case. 

11 of the confirmed measles cases are from the Serua/Namosi Subdivision specifically in Wailali, Wainadoi, Navunikabi and Makosoi in Deuba.

3 confirmed measles cases are from Samabula, Tacirua and Vatuwaqa in the Suva subdivision while 2 other cases are from Koronivia and Nasilai Village in Nakelo in the Rewa subdivision.

The second phase of the measles immunisation campaign started yesterday. 

The Ministry says across Fiji, the immunisation campaign will target any child who has not received 2 dozes of a measles vaccine, any child aged 12 and 18 months who is scheduled for their routine measles immunisation, any person in Fiji travelling overseas, all health care workers and all airport and hotel staff.

The Ministry of Health says that in the Central Division only, the campaign will also target all children aged 6 months to 5 years, all people born between 1980 to 2000 (19 years to 39 years) and all residents of Serua/Namosi aged 6 months and older.

The Central Division is prioritized for this phase of the campaign as all confirmed cases to date are in this Division and the focus remains on containing the current outbreak.

It says the other Divisions will be targeted once more vaccine supplies arrive into the country.

The Ministry adds that pregnant women, babies under the age of 6 months, those with compromised immune systems and those with a known allergy to the vaccine should not be vaccinated.

 

Babies between 1 to 6 months most likely to be passed immunity of the measles vaccination through breastfeeding - Dr. Sahukhan (Wednesday 04/12/2019)

By: Vilisi Nawaqatabu

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Babies who are between one to six months old will most likely be passed the immunity of the measles vaccination through breastfeeding.

This has been highlighted by the Head of Health Protection Dr. Aalisha Sahukhan.

Sahukhan says babies under the age of six months cannot be vaccinated so they are encouraging all women between the ages of 19 to 39 to get vaccinated.

When asked about people over 39-years-old being turned away by vaccination teams, Sahukhan says the measles vaccine was first introduced into Fiji in 1982 so people born before that are most likely to have gotten exposed to the virus already thus they are most likely to have gotten measles.

She says that once you have gotten measles, you won't be able to get it again as you will have life long immunity.

Phase 2 of the mass immunisation campaign to tackle the measles outbreak in the country started today.

Sahukhan says as of now the number of confirmed measles cases stands at 15.

She says 11 of these reported cases are from the province of Serua and Namosi, 2 from Suva and 2 from Rewa.

 

Samoa's measles epidemic claims 5 more lives bringing death toll to 60 (Wednesday 04/12/2019)

By: Semi Turaga

Samoa's measles epidemic has taken 5 more lives in the past 24 hours which brings the death toll to 60. 

A total of 4,052 measles cases have been reported since the outbreak started. There were 171 cases recorded in the last 24 hours alone.

TVNZ News reports fifty-two of the 60 that have died from contracting the disease to date were under the age of four. 

At this stage the Samoan government has revealed there are 177 measles cases who are in-patients at all health facilities.

The Samoan government is set to shut down tomorrow for two days in an aim to have workers help with the mass vaccination campaign

[Source: TVNZ]

 

Hundreds queue at various locations to get measles shots during 2nd phase of immunisation campaign (Wednesday 04/12/2019)

By: Dhanjay Deo

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Hundreds of people are turning out at various locations to get their measles vaccination as the second phase of the immunisation campaign is rolling out from today.

We witnessed the lines are moving fast and people are coming with their children to get vaccinated.

We caught up with Muinesh Sami of Laucala Beach at the Samabula Health Centre who says he was waiting to get vaccinated as he has to travel for work purposes.

We also spoke to 73 year old Laisiana Buirokula of Gaji Road at the Raiwaqa Health Centre who brought her three grandchildren for measles vaccination.

Buirokula says she has experienced the measles outbreak in the past but they were immunised. 

43 year old Viliame Waqalaivi turned up at the Ministry of Health Headquarters in Toorak however he was not happy as health staff told him that only those between the age of 19 to 39 years will get the measles vaccine for now.

There are now 15 confirmed cases of measles in Fiji with the latest confirmed case being a 38-year-old from Nasilai Village in Nakelo in the Rewa Subdivision.

The Health Ministry says the Rewa Subdivisional Outbreak Response Team is rapidly responding to notification of this latest case which includes isolation of the case, quarantine and vaccination of contacts and others at risk.

11 of the confirmed measles cases are from the Serua/Namosi Subdivision specifically in Wailali, Wainadoi, Navunikabi and Makosoi in Deuba.

2 confirmed measles cases are from Samabula and Vatuwaqa in the Suva subdivision while 2 other cases are from Koronivia and Nasilai Village in Nakelo in the Rewa subdivision.

The second phase of the measles immunisation campaign has rolled out from today after 200,000 measles vaccines arrived into the country on Sunday.

The Ministry of Health has acknowledged the assistance provided by UNICEF and the Australian and New Zealand governments in securing the vaccines for Fiji.

The Ministry says across Fiji, the immunisation campaign will target any child who has not received 2 doses of a measles vaccine, any child aged 12 and 18 months who is scheduled for their routine measles immunisation, any person in Fiji travelling overseas, all health care workers and all airport and hotel staff.

The Ministry of Health says that in the Central Division only, the current campaign will also target all children aged 6 months to 5 years, all people born between 1980 to 2000 (19 years to 39 years) and all residents of Serua/Namosi aged 6 months and older.

The Central Division is prioritized for this phase of the campaign as all confirmed cases to date are in this Division and the focus remains on containing the current outbreak.

It says the other Divisions will be targeted once more vaccine supplies arrive into the country.

Already close to 100,000 people around the country have been vaccinated in phase one of the immunisation campaign and this includes over 18,000 people in the outbreak area of Serua/Namosi.

The Ministry adds that pregnant women, babies under the age of 6 months, those with a compromised immune system and those with a known allergy to the vaccine should not be vaccinated.

 

Otago Daily Times apologies for joking about Samoa measles epidemic in cartoon (Wednesday 04/12/2019)

Fiji National Provident Funds Annual Member Forum postponed due to measles outbreak (Wednesday 04/12/2019)

By: Priteshni Nand

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The Fiji National Provident Fund’s Annual Member Forum which was scheduled to be held in Suva today has been postponed. 

FNPF says this is due to the Health Ministry advising against mass gatherings by the public after the current measles outbreak.

It says they do not have a specific date on when they will be having the forum.

 

New state of emergency orders declared in Samoa to contain the deadly measles epidemic (Wednesday 04/12/2019)

USP's Foundation Awards Ceremony cancelled (Tuesday 03/12/2019)

By: Rashika Kumar

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The University of the South Pacific’s Foundation Awards Ceremony which was supposed to take place this Thursday has been cancelled.

 

In a statement by USP, this comes after recent advisory on measles issued by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services who have advised the public against mass gathering. 

Students will be emailed about when they can collect their certificate from the Student Administrative Services.

 

People need to take responsibility and get vaccinated for measles - AG (Tuesday 03/12/2019)

By: Dhanjay Deo

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Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Economy, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says they have a robust system for measles vaccination and new stock of vaccination has arrived into the country.

While speaking in ABC’s Q&A which was held at USP’s Japan-Pacific ICT Centre last night, Sayed-Khaiyum says about 100,000 people have already been vaccinated.

There are now 15 confirmed cases of measles in Fiji with the latest confirmed case being a 38-year-old from Nasilai Village in Nakelo in the Rewa Subdivision.

The Health Ministry says the Rewa Subdivisional Outbreak Response Team is rapidly responding to notification of this latest case which includes isolation of the case, quarantine and vaccination of contacts and others at risk.

11 of the confirmed measles cases are from the Serua/Namosi Subdivision specifically in Wailali, Wainadoi, Navunikabi and Makosoi in Deuba. 

2 confirmed measles cases are from Samabula and Vatuwaqa in the Suva subdivision while 2 other cases are from Koronivia and Nasilai Village in Nakelo in the Rewa subdivision. 

Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Alex Hawke says they have an Australian team in Samoa.

He says more than 50 people have died in Samoa and most are children.

Hawke says vaccination rates for measles are too low in the Pacific and they are making vaccines available for the Pacific.

This is the first time ABC’s Q&A was held in the Pacific.

 

National sporting bodies advised to consider postponing sporting get-togethers due to measles outbreak (Tuesday 03/12/2019)

By: Violet Matakibau

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The Fiji National Sports Commission with FASANOC and the Ministry of Sports are calling out to all national sporting bodies to consider postponing any sporting get-togethers due to the measles outbreak in the country.

Commission Chairman Peter Mazey says the commission is determined to put health and safety first after the Ministry of Health issued a release requesting the avoidance of holding or attending large gatherings of people.

Mazey says so far they have had good support from most sporting bodies and thanked the volleyball association for postponing their tournament that was supposed to start from next week.

He adds that they will have joint discussions with the Ministry of Health and all other stakeholders on Friday.

 

Laaloi Leilua leaves Dubai tournament as 4-week-old daughter contracts measles (Tuesday 03/12/2019)

By: Semi Turaga

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Manu Samoa Sevens player Laaloi Leilua has had to leave Dubai where the team are playing in the HSBC World Sevens Series to head home to Samoa for a family emergency.

It's been reported by Samoa Global News that Leilua's four-week-old baby girl has contracted measles as the deadly outbreak of the disease continues in the Pacific island nation.

Coach Sir Gordon Tietjens confirmed Leilua's return home and announced squad changes on the Manu Samoa Sevens Facebook Page.

In Laaloi's absence, the team welcomes Paulo T Fanuasa to the frame as well as Kelvin Masoe.

The squad had their first training on Saturday in Dubai.

Meanwhile, Fiji’s first pool match is against Japan at 4.02am this Friday, Fiji will then take on Argentina at 10.04pm the same night and they will face France in their last match at 4.02am this Saturday.

The quarterfinals will be held at 8.14pm on Saturday, the semifinals will be at 12am this Sunday while the final will be at 4.02am this Sunday.

Barring any upsets, Fiji is likely to meet South Africa, England or Kenya in the quarter-final, they can face South Africa or France in the semi-final and is likely to meet New Zealand or the USA in the final of the Dubai 7s.

TVNZ

 

Measles cases now at 15 with latest case coming out of Rewa (Tuesday 03/12/2019)

By: Shanil Singh

There are now 15 confirmed cases of measles in Fiji with the latest confirmed case being a 38-year-old from Nasilai Village in Nakelo in the Rewa Subdivision.

The Health Ministry says the Rewa Subdivisional Outbreak Response Team is rapidly responding to notification of this latest case which includes isolation of the case, quarantine and vaccination of contacts and others at risk.

11 of the confirmed measles cases are from the Serua/Namosi Subdivision specifically in Wailali, Wainadoi, Navunikabi and Makosoi in Deuba.

2 confirmed measles cases are from Samabula and Vatuwaqa in the Suva subdivision while 2 other cases are from Koronivia and Nasilai Village in Nakelo in the Rewa subdivision.

The second phase of the measles immunisation campaign is set to roll out from tomorrow after 200,000 measles vaccine arrived into the country on Sunday.

The Ministry of Health has acknowledged the assistance provided by UNICEF and the Australian and New Zealand governments in securing the vaccines for Fiji.

The Ministry says across Fiji, the immunisation campaign will target any child who has not received 2 dozes of a measles vaccine, any child aged 12 and 18 months who is scheduled for their routine measles immunisation, any person in Fiji travelling overseas, all health care workers and all airport and hotel staff.

The Ministry of Health says that in the Central Division only, the campaign will also target all children aged 6 months to 5 years, all people born between 1980 to 2000 (19 years to 39 years) and all residents of Serua/Namosi aged 6 months and older.

The Central Division is prioritized for this phase of the campaign as all confirmed cases to date are in this Division and the focus remains on containing the current outbreak.

It says the other Divisions will be targeted once more vaccine supplies arrive into the country.

Already close to 100,000 people around the country have been vaccinated in phase one of the immunisation campaign and this includes over 18,000 people in the outbreak area of Serua/Namosi.

The Ministry adds that pregnant women, babies under the age of 6 months, those with compromised immune systems and those with a known allergy to the vaccine should not be vaccinated.

 

Samoan govt to shut down for 2 days to try to combat measles epidemic (Monday 02/12/2019)

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Samoan Government allocates 2.5 million US dollars to help relief work for the measles epidemic (Monday 02/12/2019)

Serua/Namosi Subdivisional Outbreak Response Team at the forefront of response to measles outbreak - Health Ministry (Monday 02/12/2019)

By: Iva Danford

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The Health Ministry says the Serua/Namosi Subdivisional Outbreak Response Team is at the forefront of the response to the measles outbreak since it was declared on the 7th of last month.

The Ministry says the team has been responding by rapidly isolating cases, quarantine and post-exposure vaccination for contacts or going door to door for mass vaccination of the at-risk communities.

It says the team has worked day and night and is sometimes trekking, camping, and crossing rivers on foot to reach people in some of the most remote communities.

Meanwhile, the batch of 200,000 measles vaccines has arrived in the country with the second phase of the immunisation campaign set to roll out from Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health has acknowledged the assistance provided by UNICEF and the Australian and New Zealand governments in securing the vaccines for Fiji.

The Ministry says that across Fiji, the immunisation campaign will target any child who has not received 2 doses of a measles vaccine, any child aged 12 and 18 months who is scheduled for their routine measles immunisation, any person in Fiji travelling overseas, all health care workers and all airport and hotel staff.

The Ministry of Health says that in the Central Division only, the campaign will also target all children aged 6 months to 5 years, all people born between 1980 to 2000 (19 years to 39 years) and all residents of Serua/Namosi aged 6 months and older. 

The Central Division is prioritized for this phase of the campaign as all confirmed cases to date are in this Division and the focus remains on containing the current outbreak.

It says the other Divisions will be targeted once more vaccine supplies arrive into the country.

Already close to 100,000 people around the country have been vaccinated in phase one of the immunisation campaign and this includes over 18,000 people in the outbreak area of Serua/Namosi.

The confirmed number of measles cases still stands at 14.

The Ministry adds that pregnant women, babies under the age of 6 months, those with a compromised immune system and those with a known allergy to the vaccine should not be vaccinated.

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200,000 measles vaccines arrives as 2nd phase of immunization campaign set to roll out from Wednesday (Sunday 01/12/2019)

By: Iva Danford

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The batch of 200,000 measles vaccines has arrived in the country with the second phase of the immunization campaign set to roll out from Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health has acknowledged the assistance provided by UNICEF and the Australian and New Zealand governments in securing the vaccines for Fiji. 

The Ministry says that across Fiji, the immunisation campaign will target any child who has not received 2 dozes of a measles vaccine, any child aged 12 and 18 months who is scheduled for their routine measles immunisation, any person in Fiji travelling overseas, all health care workers and all airport and hotel staff.

The Ministry of Health says that in the Central Division only, the campaign will also target all children aged 6 months to 5 years, all people born between 1980 to 2000 (19 years to 39 years) and all residents of Serua/Namosi aged 6 months and older.

The Central Division is prioritized for this phase of the campaign as all confirmed cases to date are in this Division and the focus remains on containing the current outbreak.

It says the other Divisions will be targeted once more vaccine supplies arrive into the country.

Already close to 100,000 people around the country have been vaccinated in phase one of the immunisation campaign and this includes over 18,000 people in the outbreak area of Serua/Namosi.

The confirmed number of measles cases still stands at 14.

The Ministry adds that pregnant women, babies under the age of 6 months, those with a compromised immune system and those with a known allergy to the vaccine should not be vaccinated.

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Health Ministry confirms 2nd phase of measles immunisation campaign to begin next week (Thursday 28/11/2019)

By: Iva Danford

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The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the second phase of the measles immunization campaign will begin next week which will target those people who may not be fully immunized and are most at risk of the measles infection.

200,000 measles vaccines are expected to arrive this weekend.

They say that across Fiji it will target any child in Fiji who has not received 2 dozes of a measles vaccine, any child aged 12 and 18 months who is scheduled for their routine measles immunization, any person in Fiji travelling overseas, all health care workers and all airport and hotel staff. 

The Health Ministry states that in the Central Division only, the campaign will also target all children aged 6 months to 5 years, all people born between 1980 to 2000 (19 years to 39 years) and all residents of Serua/Namosi aged 6 months and older.

The Ministry say that the Central Division is prioritized for this phase of the campaign as all confirmed cases to date are in this division and the focus remains on containing the current outbreak.

Already close to 100,000 people around the country have been vaccinated in phase one of the immunization campaign and this includes over 18,000 people in the outbreak area of Serua/Namosi.

The confirmed number of measles cases still stands at 13.

The symptoms of measles are fever and a rash with a runny nose, sneezing, cough, red and watery eyes and white spots inside the mouth.

The rash starts after the other symptoms and spreads all over the body.

Measles is a highly infectious airborne viral disease that spreads easily through the air through breathing, coughing, and sneezing.

You are at risk of getting measles if you breathe the same air as someone with the disease and you are not immune if you have not been vaccinated, or you have never had the disease.

There is no specific treatment for measles, as it is the body’s immune system that fights off the disease.

Most people recover from measles infection in 8-10 days with rest and ensuring that they are eating and drinking to avoid dehydration.

Some people infected with measles develop severe complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis (brain swelling).

 

University of Fiji postpones graduation ceremony due to measles outbreak (Thursday 28/11/2019)

By:Iva Danford

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The University of Fiji has postponed their graduation ceremony that was planned for next Friday due to the current measles outbreak.

The University stated that the decision was made after receiving advice from the Permanent Secretary of Education, Allison Burchell who was advised by the Ministry of Health with regards to the outbreak.

They say the University was asked to consider cancelling their graduation taking into account the seriousness of the matter linked to the spread of the infection.

They say the December graduation will be rescheduled and will be held together with the March 2020 graduation.

UniFiji Vice Chancellor, Sushila Chang says the seriousness of this matter warrants caution and careful consideration.

Chang says graduating students will be provided with completion letters.

 

Some passengers on Air NZ flight from Fiji to Auckland diagnosed with measles (Thursday 28/11/2019)

By Rashika Kumar

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Some passengers on an Air New Zealand flight from Fiji to Auckland have been diagnosed with measles, putting other plane passengers at risk.

Flight NZ53 departed from Nadi at 2pm Friday, and landed in Auckland at 5.40pm.

Auckland Regional Public Health Service Officer of Health, Dr. Maria Poynter says those on board may have been exposed to the virus and should be vigilant for symptoms.

She says it can take 7 to 14 days to start experiencing symptoms and people who have not been immunised are most at risk.

People on the flight are being told to seek medical advice if they are unsure about their immunization status.

 

2 suspected measles cases come out as negative (Wednesday 27/11/2019)

By: Iva Danford

The 25-year-old pregnant woman from Samabula and a 1-year-old child from Vatuwaqa who were the latest measles cases admitted at the CWM Hospital have been discharged from isolation.

The confirmed number of measles cases still stands at 13.

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The Health Ministry says the latest confirmed cases are a 22-year-old from Wailali Settlement, a 16-year-old from Navunikabi and the 1-year-old child from Vatuwaqa.

 

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The Health Ministry states that currently there are no confirmed measles patients admitted to CWM Hospital, but this can change.

They say some restrictions are now in place for CWM which includes the new visiting hour which is from 2pm to 3pm from Monday to Sunday, only one visitor will be allowed for each patient during the stated visiting hour and the restrictions to visiting the intensive care unit for children and adults and the designated Measles Isolation wards will be in place.

The Health Ministry also adds that Triage sites are set up to assess and treat children, adults and pregnant mothers.

All the confirmed cases are in the Central Division.

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Suspected cases continue to be reported, tested, and cleared when their results are confirmed negative by the National Public Health Laboratory.

The Ministry has also confirmed that an 11-year-old student of the Fiji School for the Blind and a 1-year-old Kiribati national have tested negative and were cleared.

The Ministry say that respective Sub-divisional Outbreak Response Teams continue to rapidly respond to notification of all cases and will not wait for a case to be confirmed by laboratory testing before launching the necessary interventions to prevent the spread of the disease.

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They say the response includes isolation of the case, quarantine and vaccination of contacts and at-risk communities.

The Ministry states that the measles vaccine is now in limited supply and therefore will be prioritized to those who are at the greatest risk of catching and spreading measles.

They say currently the free vaccine is only available to children as per the routine national immunization schedule and this is at 12 months and 18 months of age. This includes children who have not received those 2 dozes of the vaccine as scheduled.

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The free vaccine is also available to the residents of Serua/Namosi.

 

The Ministry also stated that this current restriction will change after the new vaccine stock arrives later this week when it will be made available to further targeted groups identified by the Measles Taskforce. 

The symptoms of measles are fever and a rash with a runny nose, sneezing, cough, red and watery eyes and white spots inside the mouth.

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The rash starts after the other symptoms and spreads all over the body.

Measles is a highly infectious airborne viral disease that spreads easily through the air through breathing, coughing, and sneezing.

You are at risk of getting measles if you breathe the same air as someone with the disease and you are not immune if you have not been vaccinated, or you have never had the disease.

There is no specific treatment for measles, as it is the body’s immune system that fights off the disease.

Most people recover from measles infection in 8-10 days with rest and ensuring that they are eating and drinking to avoid dehydration.

Some people infected with measles develop severe complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis (brain swelling).

 

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Thousands of measles vaccines taken without authorization in Samoa and administered for a fee at unregistered clinics (Tuesday 26/11/2019)

Measles cases remains at 10 while there have been suspected cases around the country - Dr Waqainabete (Monday 25/11/2019)

Measles claims 22 people in Samoa (Sunday 24/11/2019)

Samoa's death toll from measles epidemic rises to 20, 202 cases recorded on Thursday 21st (Saturday 23/11/2019)

10 confirmed cases of measles, latest case being a pregnant woman from Samabula (Saturday 23/11/2019)

Fiji Futsal Team was stuck in New Caledonia because players were suspected to have measles symptoms - Dr. Waqainabete (Friday 22/11/2019)

Samoan government warning those discouraging people from getting measles vaccinations to stop immediately (Friday 22/11/2019)

Fiji's measles vaccination in 2018 covered 94% based on World Health Organisation and UNICEF estimates (Thursday 21/11/2019)

Health Ministry confirms an interim shortage of measles vaccine and additional stocks to arrive in the coming days (Thursday 21/11/2019)

2 more measles cases confirmed from the Serua/Namosi subdivision bringing total to 9 (Thursday 21/11/2019)

UNICEF supports Samoan Government to respond to measles outbreak in Samoa which has reportedly claimed 14 lives (Wednesday 20/11/2019)

3 more measles cases have been confirmed from the Serua/Namosi subdivision (Tuesday 19/11/2019)

PM urges families to get themselves vaccinated against measles (Monday 18/11/2019)

Health Ministry have purchased extra 50,000 measles vaccination - Waqainabete (Sunday 17/11/2019)

Vodafone Fiji Futsal Soccer team to arrive tomorrow from New Caledonia (Sunday 17/11/2019)

Measles vaccination is in stock at Samabula Health Centre (Friday 15/11/2019)

Health Ministry believes measles came into Fiji through a relative of someone in Wailali Settlement (Friday 15/11/2019)

CWM Hospital visiting hours now from 2pm to 3pm every day due to measles outbreak (Thursday 14/11/2019)

4 confirmed cases of measles and all from Wailali Settlement in Wainadoi - Dr. Aalisha Sahukhan (Wednesday 13/11/2019)

Almost 65% of population in high-risk areas in Serua/Namosi subdivision have been vaccinated against measles (Tuesday 12/11/2019)

Zero new cases of measles since last update given last Thursday - Health Ministry (Tuesday 12/11/2019)

People who haven't taken two measles shots while growing up need to get those immunization shots - Dr Waqainabete (Friday 08/11/2019)

Health Ministry declares an outbreak of measles for Serua and Namosi Subdivision (Friday 08/11/2019)

Fiji's Futsal Team held back in New Caledonia despite being tested and cleared of measles (Wednesday 06/11/2019)

No confirmed measles cases in Fiji - Dr Waqainabete (Wednesday 06/11/2019)

Fiji Men's Futsal Soccer team await test results of Tongan team suspected to have measles (Monday 04/11/2019)

Fiji Futsal team stopped from leaving New Caledonia until they are tested and cleared for measles (Sunday 03/11/2019)

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