SUVA, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- Fiji's Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete confirmed Monday that there are now 13 cases of measles in Fiji, predominately from the Serua/Namosi province on Viti Levu, Fiji's main island.
The three new cases have been treated appropriately, he said, adding that there have been several suspected cases around the island nation and the ministry staff were working tirelessly to control the spread of the disease.
Waqainabete said recently a one-year-old child who was part of a group from Kiribati was suspected of measles and the child is under isolation and quarantined at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Fiji's capital of Suva.
Waqainabete said the group that was travelling with the child have all had their measles shots and were quarantined.
He added their team in Serua/Namosi province are still on the ground and are working to control the spread of measles.
Waqainabete is urging everyone to refrain from attending any gatherings in the province where the measles case was first detected.
He said with the festive season coming up, people travelling overseas are advised to take their measles shot before leaving so they are immune from the disease while travelling.
Last week Fiji's Health Ministry had an interim shortage of the measles vaccine but additional stocks are expected to arrive soon.
The ministry said the remaining measles vaccine stock were expected to be prioritized to those who are at the greatest risk of catching and spreading measles and it is not available for the general public until additional stocks arrive in the coming days.