Measles outbreak: New travel related case from the Philippines

Members of the public line up to get their measles vaccine injection at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva last year. Picture: FILE/ JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE latest confirmed case of measles is a new travel related case from the Philippines.

According to a Government statement a 35-year-old female travelled from the Philippines arriving into Nadi Airport on FJ360 via Singapore on February 9, 2020.

“She was well during health screening at Nadi airport but developed symptoms of measles the day after arrival,” the statement said.

“The patient later tested positive for measles.

“Based on the onset of her symptoms, and with the knowledge that the Philippines has an ongoing outbreak of measles, it is clear that she became infected with measles in the Philippines and not in Fiji.

“The patient and her family (husband and child who have no symptoms) have been placed on home isolation in Suva.

“Daily follow up for the family and contact tracing are currently underway by our health team, though family members had already been vaccinated.”


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