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Tunisia: Measles outbreak reported in Kasserine and Sfax provinces

Measles outbreak reported in Kasserine and Sfax provinces; at least 210 cases recorded as of mid-February

16 févr. 19h08 UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 15/2/2019, 12h00 until 22/2/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Tunis). COUNTRY/REGION Tunisia

Event

A measles outbreak has been reported in Kasserine and Sfax provinces. The Ministry of Health indicated that 144 cases were recorded in Kasserine province and 66 cases in Sfax province between January 1 and mid-February. Tunisian health officials have urged citizens to ensure that they are vaccinated against the disease.

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 Tunisia 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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