Measles immunization in Fiji continues as vaccines arrive

Source: Xinhua| 2019-12-03 17:11:47|Editor: ZX
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SUVA, Dec. 3 (Xinhua) -- The second phase of the measles immunization campaign will begin on Wednesday in Fiji's capital Suva.

The immunization campaign would target children who had not received two doses of the measles vaccine, any child aged 12 and 18 months who was due for immunization, people travelling overseas, healthcare workers, and airport and hotel staff around the country.

There are 15 confirmed measles cases in Fiji by Tuesday.

The Ministry of Health urged people to avoid all unnecessary travel to the at-risk areas of Serua/Namosi province and Nasilai Village in the Tailevu province on Viti Levu.

Nasilai village in Rewa Subdivision has been quarantined after the latest confirmed case of measles from there. This means isolation of the case and quarantine and vaccination of contacts and the at-risk community as appropriate.

About 100,000 people in Fiji have been vaccinated in phase one of the campaign.

This included over 20,000 people in the outbreak area of Serua/Namosi province.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons. Death may occur in up to 5-10 percent of infected young children in developing countries.