South Africa measles outbreak reported in four provinces
by NewsDesk Laugh
In a follow-up to a measles outbreak in South Africa, the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports that the number of measles cases in the country is on the rise. Four provinces out of nine outbreaks have been recorded so far.
137 laboratory confirmed measles cases from outbreak declared in Limpopo province from 11 casesThe tenth from october to 6The tenth December 2022.
Limpopo and Mpumalanga have reported 89 and 40 cases, respectively. The outbreak was declared in the Northwest Province on 2Abbreviation II December 2022 after three cases were reported. on 6The tenth In December, three cases were reported by Gauteng, and an outbreak was declared in this province. The World Health Organization defines a measles outbreak as 3 cases reported in one area in one month.
Cases across the country ranged in age from 2 months to 42 years. The predominant age group for laboratory confirmed cases is 5-9 years. Of the 137 cases, 98 had unknown vaccination, 17 were vaccinated and 22 were not.
In total, 89 laboratory confirmed measles cases have been reported from Limpopo province since 11The tenth from october to 6The tenth In December 2022, the majority of cases were reported in the greater Sichujon and Mopane regions.
40 laboratory-confirmed measles cases have been reported from the outbreak declared in Mpumalanga province from 11 casesThe tenth from november till 6The tenth December 2022.
The outbreak was declared in the Northwest Province on 2Abbreviation II In December 2022 after three laboratory confirmed cases were reported in Ngaka Modiri Mollima District. An additional confirmed case has since been reported in the same area. A total of four cases have now been reported as part of this outbreak.
The outbreak was declared in Gauteng province on June 6The tenth In December 2022 after three laboratory confirmed cases were reported in a single health facility in Ekurholeni District.