Malawi hit by measles

The Ministry of Health has confirmed of a measles outbreak in Lilongwe.

This outbreak has impacted multiple villages in Area 36, leading to a total of 32 suspected cases.

Dr. Samson Mndolo, the Secretary for Health, has issued a statement indicating that the majority of those affected are children under the age of 15, many of whom have previously received the measles vaccination.

The ministry has urged the public to adhere to measles prevention measures while they make dedicated efforts to manage and contain the outbreak.

What is measles?

Measles isย a highly contagious disease caused by a virus.

It spreads easily when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. It can cause severe disease, complications, and even death. Measles can affect anyone but is most common in children.

Measles symptoms appear 7 to 14 days after contact with the virus and typically includeย high fever, cough, runny nose, and watery eyes. Measles rash appears 3 to 5 days after the first symptoms.

Hand washing and covering the mouth and nose while sneezing and coughingย can prevent several cases of measles.

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