The Ministry of Health and Childcare (MoHCC) says there is an outbreak of measles in Mutasa District, Manicaland Province, affecting children aged 6 months to 15 years.
A statement posted on the ministry’s Twitter handle (@MoHCCZim) notifying the public of the measles outbreak reads:
@Mohcc wishes to inform the public that there is a measles outbreak among children aged 6mts to 15yrs in Mutasa District, Manicaland. To date, a total of 72 cases and 14 deaths have been reported. Of the reported cases, only 9 had been vaccinated.
In order to control this outbreak, @mohcc has embarked on a mass vaccination campaign in Mutasa District targeting the 6mts to 15 yrs age group regardless of their vaccination status.
All provinces are being encouraged to be on high alert and to report any suspected case to the nearest health facility. The @MoHCCZim reassures the public that the situation is currently under control.
Measles is a viral infection that’s serious for small children that spreads through the air by respiratory droplets produced from coughing or sneezing.
Measles symptoms don’t appear until 10 to 14 days after exposure. They include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever and a red, blotchy skin rash.