Measles cases rise to 169 in South Africa outbreak


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in a Follow-up of measles outbreaks In South Africa, health officials in the country have now reported 169 laboratory-confirmed cases of measles from 11 October to 7 December 2022 across 4 provinces: North West, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Gauteng.

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In Limpopo, 98 laboratory-confirmed cases of measles were reported from 11 October to 7 December 2022, with the majority of measles cases reported in the greater Sikhokhon and Mopane districts.

Measles cases across Limpopo ranged in age from 4 months to 42 years. Measles infection mostly affected the age group 5-9 years. Of the 98 measles cases, 76 were unknown, 10 were vaccinated, and 12 were not.

In Mpumalanga District, 50 laboratory confirmed cases of measles have been reported since a measles outbreak was declared in Mpumalanga District on 11 November to 7 December 2022.

The age of the cases in Mpumalanga ranged from 4 months to 18 years. The age group most affected by the measles outbreak is 5-9 years old. Of the 50 cases, 31 were unknown vaccinations, 8 were vaccinated and 11 were not.

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An outbreak was declared in North West Province on 02 December 2022 after three laboratory confirmed cases were reported in Ngaka Modiri Mollima District. A total of 13 cases have been reported in the northwest since week 40. The laboratory confirmed cases are in the age groups 1-4 and 5-9 years. Three unvaccinated cases and 10 unknown vaccinated cases.

The outbreak was declared in Gauteng Province on 6 December 2022 after three laboratory confirmed cases were reported in a single health facility in Ekurholeni District. These three cases fall in the age range of 5-9 years. All three cases were of unknown vaccination status. A case was reported in early October in Ekurhuleni district in a different district that was not epidemiologically related to the other three cases. In total, 8 cases have been reported since week 40, all with an unknown vaccination status.

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