NICD measles city of tshwane

[FILE] Four cases of measles have been detected in Gauteng, three in the City of Tshwane. Photo: Pixabay

Measles latest: City of Tshwane urges parents to vaccinate children

The City of Tshwane has urged parents to vaccinate their children after four cases of measles were detected and three were from the Metro.

NICD measles city of tshwane

[FILE] Four cases of measles have been detected in Gauteng, three in the City of Tshwane. Photo: Pixabay

The City of Tshwane has urged parents to ensure that their children are up to date with their vaccinations following the detection of three cases of measles. 

In May 2022, four cases were detected in Gauteng and three were from the City of Tshwane. The Metro Municipality says it is now closely monitoring the situation. 

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF MEASLES? 

Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by a virus which mainly spreads through infectious airborne respiratory droplets from infected persons who are coughing or sneezing.

The virus can also remain on surfaces or in the air for up to two hours. 

The initial symptoms of measles are similar to that of common flu or Covid-19 infection. These include:

  • Fever
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Cough 

A skin rash could later develop in the form of tiny red spots. These spots usually start to appear in the face and then spread to the rest of the body. 

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A woman scratches the upper arm with one hand due to the numerous red pruritus. Measles is a disease that can spread easily. Photo: Pixabay

Children, especially those under one year old, may develop complicated measles that could include pneumonia, eye complications and brain inflammation. 

There reportedly is no specific treatment for measles and in this regard saying prevention is better than cure is extremely irrelevant. 

PARENTS URGED TO VACCINATE CHILDREN 

City of Tshwane MMC for Health, Rina Marx said while the detected cases are contained, the situation is serious enough to sensitise residents to be on alert and to implement preventative measures. 

Marx also said parents should ensure that their children are fully vaccinated.

“The measles vaccine is safe, effective and the best protection against the disease. Measles vaccines are free of charge and available at all public health facilities.”  

Rina Marx

In April, the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that Africa is facing an increase in preventable diseases due to delays in vaccinating children. The WHO also reported that measles cases jumped to 400%.

Twenty African countries reported outbreaks of measles in the first quarter of 2022. This means that in 2022, eight more countries have reported the disease outbreaks than in the first three months of last year.

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