News Alerts

23 Oct 2018 | 01:20 AM UTC

Kenya: Measles outbreak reported in Mandera county

Kenya News Alert

Health officials report 313 measles cases in Mandera county as of mid-October; ensure measles vaccinations are up to date

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/22/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/29/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Nairobi). COUNTRY/REGION Mandera county

Event

According to health officials, 313 cases of measles, including two associated deaths, were reported in Mandera county as of mid-October. Reports indicate that the outbreak was first reported in February. Officials have blamed the outbreak on low vaccination rates in the area. Health officials have been placed on high alert.

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. 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.

Advice

Individuals in Kenya 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 above symptoms is urged to seek immediate medical attention.

 

Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news