Since the last update on December 10th 2019 there are now 21 confirmed cases of measles.
The latest confirmed cases are a 13 year old from Nasilai Village in Nakelo Rewa, and a 27-year-old from Saumakia Village in Naitasiri. Both new cases are contacts of previously confirmed measles cases in those villages.
The Rewa and Naitasiri outbreak response teams have carried out the necessary interventions including isolation of cases, quarantine and vaccination of contacts and at-risk communities as appropriate.
The 9 month old child from Davuilevu in Rewa (who also stayed at Saumakia Settlement in Naitasiri), reported as a confirmed case in the last update is still admitted under isolation at CWM Hospital in a stable condition.
The 21 cases to date are from the following areas in the Central Division:
- 12 cases from the Serua/Namosi Subdivision (Wailali, Wainadoi, Navunikabi, and Makosoi Deuba)
- 4 cases from Suva Subdivision (Samabula, Vatuwaqa, Tacirua, Wailekutu).
- 4 cases from Rewa Subdivision (Koronivia, Nasilai Village Nakelo, Davuilevu).
- 1 case from Naitasiri Subdivision (Saumakia Village)
Measles is a highly contagious disease; therefore, non-essential travel to Saumakia Village in Naitasiri, Serua/Namosi, and Nasilai Village in Nakelo Rewa is strongly discouraged.
The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has expanded the measles immunisation campaign across Fiji.
Since the outbreak was declared on Thursday 7 November 2019, around 200,000 people in Fiji have been immunised against measles.
The national campaign will continue to target people who are most at risk of being infected by measles and spreading the disease.