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HPA confirms two more Measles cases

Fathmath Shaahunaz
23 January 2020, MVT 22:05
Red rashes on a child infected with measles.
Fathmath Shaahunaz
23 January 2020, MVT 22:05

Health Protection Agency (HPA) confirmed two more cases of measles in Maldives, bringing the total number to six.

The agency revealed that two out of nine people tested positive on Thursday.

Nine individuals were tested on Wednesday as well, but HPA stated that the disease was not detected from them.

The first case of the measles outbreak was announced on January 11, two years after the island nation was declared measles-free by World Health Organization (WHO).

Following confirmations of more cases, the government has initiated a three-month vaccination campaign, specifically targeting unvaccinated individuals and those who did not receive the second dose of the vaccine, especially those below the age of 25. The measures also include awareness programmes catering to expatriates residing in the country.

Ministry of Health recently declared that arrangements have been made to provide vaccinations up to 200,000 people. India donated 30,000 doses, which were handed over to the Maldivian government on Thursday.