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04 Sep 2018 | 10:02 PM UTC

Mauritius: Ongoing measles outbreak infects 808 /update 1

Mauritius News Alert

Health officials report 808 measles cases nationwide and three associated deaths in ongoing outbreak since March 21, 2018

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/4/2018, 12:00 AM until 9/11/2018, 11:59 PM (Indian/Mauritius). COUNTRY/REGION Mauritius

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According to the World Health Organization, at least 808 confirmed cases of measles, including three deaths, have been reported in Mauritius between March and late August. Nevertheless, no deaths associated with the outbreak have been reported since mid-July. Reports indicate that all of Mauritius' nine districts are affected, with Port Louis and Black River being the most affected. Approximately half of all cases in the current outbreak have involved unvaccinated patients.


Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that typically affects mostly children. It is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth, or throat of infected persons. Symptoms of measles are usually a high fever, which begins approximately ten to 12 days after exposure to the virus and lasts four to seven days. A runny nose, a cough, red and watery eyes, and small white spots inside the cheeks can develop in the initial stage. After several days, a rash erupts, usually on the face and upper neck. Over the course of about three days, the rash spreads, eventually reaching the hands and feet. The rash lasts for five to six days and then fades. On average, the rash occurs 14 days after exposure to the virus (within a range of seven to 18 days). A vaccine is available.


Individuals in or planning travel to Mauritius are advised to ensure their vaccinations are up to date and to contact their doctor with any questions or concerns. Anyone experiencing the above symptoms is urged to seek immediate medical attention.


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