Measles cases on the rise in four provinces

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Figures of newly confirmed measles cases among children in Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West have risen in the last reporting cycles.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says there are now 169 confirmed laboratory cases across the four provinces.

Measles was first detected in the Sekhukhune district in September.

The institute’s Dr. Kerrigan McCarthy says the positive cases were recorded in unvaccinated children.

“To date, one hundred and sixty-nine cases have been detected in Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and the North West provinces numbers are rapidly changing and increasing every day as new blood samples are submitted to the national institute for communicable diseases for confirmatory testing the cases in the four affected provinces are predominantly between the five to nine-year-old age group but also the one to four and ten to fourteen-year-old age group indicating a gap in vaccine coverage.”

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