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Public Health Division starts awareness program on measles

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 03/10/2019

The staff of the Public Health Division have started their awareness campaign on measles as Tonga is vulnerable to a possible measles outbreak.

Supervising Public Health Inspector Sela Fa’u says, with the measles outbreak in Auckland, New Zealand they’ve started a campaign for the public to be more aware of measles and its symptoms.

Fa’u says they are paying more attention to the local people with visitors from Auckland and passengers who just visited New Zealand.

She adds, all children below the age of five who are yet to be vaccinated, as well as pregnant women, are at high risk to contract measles.

The awareness program includes informing the public on the basic symptoms of measles which are rash, high fever and coughing. The team are also informing the public of preventative measures they can take to prevent contracting the virus.

New Zealand’s Health Ministry reports, since the beginning of the year to the 2nd of October there have been 1604 confirmed cases of measles notified across New Zealand and most cases are from the Auckland region.

Tonga’s Statistics Department records most of the passengers visiting Tonga are from New Zealand.

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