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20 Apr 2019 | 01:22 PM UTC

Madagascar: Measles outbreak leaves over 1200 dead as of mid-April /update 8

Madagascar News Alert

Death toll rises to 1200 due to an ongoing nationwide measles outbreak as of mid-April; further spread of the disease expected over the coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/16/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/23/2019, 11:59 PM (Indian/Antananarivo). COUNTRY/REGION Madagascar

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Event

Over 115,000 suspected cases of measles, including 1200 associated deaths, had been reported nationwide as of mid-April since an outbreak of the illness began in September 2018. Cases have been reported throughout the country's 22 regions, with Antananarivo and Ambato Boeny among the most affected areas. Further spread of the disease is to be expected over the coming weeks.

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 Madagascar 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.

 

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