Since the last update on January 3rd, there are now 28 confirmed cases of measles.
The latest confirmed case is a 10 month old from Toorak in Suva who is currently under home isolation.
The Suva Subdivisional Outbreak Response Team has carried out the necessary interventions including quarantine and vaccination of contacts as appropriate.
The 3-month-old baby reported in previous updates is still admitted at CWM Hospital.
All other confirmed cases have recovered or are recovering well under home isolation.
All 28 cases are from the following areas in the Central Division:
- 12 cases from the Serua/Namosi Subdivision (Wailali, Wainadoi, Navunikabi, and Makosoi Deuba)
- 9 cases from Suva Subdivision (Toorak, Nabua, Samabula, Vatuwaqa, Sakoca in Tacirua, Wailekutu and Naikorokoro Village in Lami).
- 3 cases from Rewa Subdivision (Koronivia, Nasilai Village Nakelo, Davuilevu).
- 4 cases from Naitasiri Subdivision (Saumakia Village)
Mass gatherings advisory lifted
The Ministry of Health and Medical Services is lifting the mass gatherings advisory that has been in place during this measles outbreak. This is after consideration of the following by the National Measles Taskforce:
– Since the outbreak was declared on Thursday 7 November 2019, around 459,000 people in Fiji have been immunised against measles. The national measles vaccination coverage for 6 month – 5 year olds is at 95.3% and 91% for 19-39 year olds.- Central Division (where all cases to date are from) reached the goal of at least 95% measles vaccination coverage for the 6 month – 5 year old and 19-39 target groups as of December 24th, 2019.
– Western, Northern, and Eastern Divisions are close to achieving at least 95% coverage for the target groups in their respective divisions – and are expected to reach the goal within the next 1-2 weeks.
– While new cases continue to be reported in Central Division, the number of new cases per week has decreased.
While the advisory against mass gatherings has been lifted the public are urged to continue to take the following precautions:
– If you or a loved one are in a measles vaccination target group and have not been vaccinated during this campaign please do get vaccinated now.
– Avoid non-essential travel to the outbreak areas of Sakoca in Tacirua, Naikorokoro Village in Lami, Saumakia Village in Naitasiri, Nasilai Village in Nakelo, and Serua/Namosi.
– If you are holding an event or gathering with international visitors, or participants from an outbreak area, please strongly encourage them to get vaccinated against measles at least two weeks before travel. This especially applies to visitors traveling from other countries with measles outbreaks i.e. New Zealand, Samoa, Tonga, American Samoa, Kiribati, and Papua New Guinea.