Citizen Reporter
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12 Dec 2014
9:31 am

Measles hits Gauteng and four other provinces (graphic)

Citizen Reporter

Gauteng and four other provinces have been hit by laboratory-confirmed measles.

FILE PICTURE: A man measures a child's arm circumference in a makeshift field clinic of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) organisation during a vaccination program against measles for children living near an internally displacement camp close to the airport in Bangui on January 7, 2014. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has reported that Northern Cape has the highest increase with five laboratory-confirmed measles cases detected within a four-week period in the Siyanda District Municipality.

The NICD advised parents to look out for:

  • Fevers rising over three days,
  • A runny nose,
  • Dry cough
  • Eyes that have turned red and become sensitive to light.

Children should be taken to a clinic as soon as parents suspect that they might have contracted measles, the NICD added.

Measles web

In Gauteng, there have been more than 400 confirmed cases of measles since March 2009, according to the provincial health department.

The Northern Cape health department has reportedly initiated an investigation in the Siyanda District Municipality, and was taking steps to help curb the outbreak.

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