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22 Oct 2018 | 01:18 AM UTC

Brazil: Measles outbreak continues as of October 15 /update 7

Brazil News Alert

Brazilian health officials report at least 2192 confirmed cases of measles nationwide as of October 15; ensure vaccinations are current

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/19/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/19/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Sao_Paulo). COUNTRY/REGION Roraima, State of Amazonas

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Event

The Brazil Ministry of Health reported on Monday, October 15, that there have been at least 2192 confirmed measles cases, including 12 deaths, in an ongoing nationwide outbreak. Authorities have recorded 1776 cases in Amazonas and another 330 in Roraima. In addition, 18 cases have been reported in Rio de Janeiro and three in São Paulo.

Context

According to health officials, the outbreak has been linked to the influx of refugees from neighboring Venezuela.

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 appears 14 days after exposure to the virus (within a range of seven to 18 days). A vaccine is available.

Advice

Potentially affected individuals are advised to ensure their measles vaccination is up to date (including booster shots) 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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