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Ministry of Health says the Serua/Namosi measles outbreak declared on November 7th 2019 is now at an end

Ministry of Health says the Serua/Namosi measles outbreak declared on November 7th 2019 is now at an end

By Naveel Krishant
Saturday 18/01/2020

The Ministry of Health says the Serua/Namosi measles outbreak declared on November 7th 2019 is now at an end.

They say a total of 12 cases of measles were reported from Serua/Namosi during the outbreak adding no new cases have been reported since the end of November, and more than 42 days (two incubation periods) have passed since the last case.

The Ministry says the outbreak in Serua/Namosi was brought to an end in less than a month from the time it was declared through the massive response efforts of the Serua/Namosi Sub-divisional Health Team, which included the vaccination of 96% of the subdivision’s population.

 They say the people of Serua/Namosi are also to be commended for heeding the Ministry’s advice and coming forward to be vaccinated.

However the Ministry says the measles outbreak remains ongoing for the rest of Central Division.

They say the weekly reported cases have decreased and there have been no new cases reported since the last update on January 9th adding The respective sub-divisional outbreak response teams will continue to respond to new cases as they arise.

The case count remains at 28 and there have been no deaths due to measles.


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