There is a reported outbreak of measles Obongi district.
According to District health officials, Obongi, 20
cases of measles involving women and childen below the age of 4 months have
been recorded in Aliba Sub County.
Dr. Joseph Arike, the Obongi District Health Officer, says
they have submitted samples from the affected people to the central government
laboratory for confirmation.
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Reports from Aliba health center 3 show that the affected
people are receiving treatment in isolation.
Hassan Fungaroo Kaps, the Obongi county MP has called for
immediate intervention by government to minimize the spread of the disease.
“I’m aware of the measles outbreak but I think it just
needs to be handled with immediate effect since vaccines are available,”
efforts are being made to sensitise
residents on measles and how it’s spread as a precautionary measure. Measles
are highly infectious and quickly spread in the event that an infected
person sneezes, coughs or talks near uninfected person.
Measles are caused by infection with a virus from the
paramyxovirus family and once a person is infected, the virus invades
host cells and uses cellular components to complete its life cycle.
Measles, only known to occur in humans,
infect the respiratory tract first and eventually spreads to other parts of the body through the
bloodstream. They presents with cough, fever, running nose, red eyes, sore
throat and wide spread skin rush.
The measles outbreak comes barely four months after the mass
Rubella vaccination across the country by the Health Ministry. It’s not yet
clear if the victims were among those vaccinated during the mass polio
and Rubella campaign.