10 Counties Hit by Measles Outbreak

The Ministry of Health will on Saturday launch the integrated measles campaign targeting children under five years against measles and other communicable diseases across the country.

Deputy Health Minister Designate, Tolbert Nyenswah, at the regular Ministry of Information press briefing in Monrovia yesterday announced that of the 15 counties, 10 have been hit by the current measles outbreak.

 “I am calling on Liberians to fear measles just like in the case of the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) especially for the children,” he warned.

The immunization exercise will be launched on Duport Road, Paynesville, outside Monrovia. It will target over 603,153 children across the country.

According to Nyenswah, the Health Ministry will continue to provide support in the wake of the measles outbreak. The measures include case management, immunization and surveillance.

“Children will also take the polio vaccine (OPV), even though since 2010, we have not had any case of polio. The vaccine is from zero up to under-five years.” According to Nyenswah, the Integrated Measles campaign will last from today May 8-14, and it is certified by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the Ministry of Health.

Vice President Joseph Boakai and other high ranking government officials as well as international partners are expected to lead the Duport Road launching ceremony on Saturday.

Measles also known scientifically as ‘Morbilli or Rubeaola,’ is a highly contagious infection because it is an airborne disease that spreads easily through coughs mainly among children.

The sickness brings with it a red, flat rash which usually starts on the face and then spreads to the rest of the body. It typically begins three to five days after the start of the symptoms.

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