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18 Oct 2018 | 11:11 AM UTC

Thailand: Measles outbreak reported in Yala province

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Thai health officials report 341 measles cases in Yala province as of mid-October

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/16/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/23/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Bangkok). COUNTRY/REGION Yala province

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Event

A measles outbreak is ongoing in Yala province. According to health officials, 341 cases of measles, including five associated deaths, have been confirmed between September and mid-October. The most affected areas are the districts of Yaha (93 cases), Bannang Sata (52 cases), and Than To (39 cases).

Context

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. The disease remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.

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 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).

Advice

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

 

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