Health authorities in Sierra Leone`s Kono district have confirmed an outbreak of Measles in the area. According to reports Thursday, the World Health Organization have dispatched emergency support and have engaged local health personnel in training to face a new threat mostly dangerous to children.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and it is airborne. It is transmitted through coughing and sneezing. The viral disease starts with fever, running nose and cough, with the patient`s eyes getting red and soon suffers sore through.
Kono was declared a “Measles Positive District” following test of 21 samples which turned back five positive cases, said Sahr Amara Moiba, Kono District Disease Surveillance Officer, Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS). He said the tests were carried out at the Central Reference Laboratory in Freetown.
The disease was confirmed in seven out of fourteen chiefdoms in the district – Fiama, Nimikoro, Nimiyama, Gorama Kono, Sandor, Tankoro and Gbense – Moiba said. 98% of the cases are children between zero and one year, he added.
Hundreds of health workers from 84 Peripheral Health Units (PHUs) in the fourteen chiefdoms of the district have been trained on treating the sickness, he disclosed.
But that training, according Moiba, was also designed to prepare for the forthcoming national vaccination exercise for children against the measles virus, scheduled for the 5th and 10th June this year.
Published: May 28, 2015. By Star Africa
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