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06 mars 2019 | 14h45 UTC

Guinea: Nationwide measles outbreak reported as of early March

Guinea Alerte de sécurité

A nationwide measles outbreak is ongoing as of early March; at least ten districts affected

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/3/2019, 12h00 until 13/3/2019, 11h59 (Africa/Conakry). COUNTRY/REGION Guinea

Event

The National Agency of Health Security (ANSS) indicated on Saturday, March 2, that a measles outbreak has been reported in at least ten districts nationwide. Officials have recorded at least 200 suspected cases, including 88 confirmed cases of the disease. The ANSS attributes the outbreak to low immunization rates among children in the country. 

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 Guinea 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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