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EOC established at Navua Hospital to combat measles outbreak

November 11, 2019 12:52 pm

The Ministry of Health has confirmed that the Serua/Namosi Subdivisional Measles Outbreak Response Team has activated the Emergency Operations Centre(EOC) at Navua Hospital.

The Sub-divisional team has also established triage and isolation areas in Navua hospital for any potential suspected cases of measles.

All suspected cases are being managed according to guidance issued by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

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Teams are deployed daily to vaccinate anyone aged six months and over in the outbreak area and so far over three hundred people in Wailali and surrounding communities have been vaccinated.

The Measles vaccine is available to anyone living in Serua/Namosi aged six months and over.

However, pregnant women, those with compromised immune systems, and those with a known allergy to the vaccine will not be vaccinated.

Meanwhile, there are three confirmed cases and one suspected case reported from the Wailali settlement in Wainadoi.

The three confirmed cases are a four-month-old baby and two adults between the ages of twenty and twenty-five.

The four-month-old baby continues to be admitted in a stable condition, in isolation, at Navua hospital, and a medical team have been tasked with the daily monitoring of the two adults, who are recovering well in-home quarantine.

The six-year-old suspected case has since recovered.

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