Measles epidemic hits Middelburg

STLM, “Let’s try and save our little ones and prevent this measles scourge.”

A shocking rise in measles cases has left the Eastdene community in shock, with over 25 patients having been diagnosed thus far, according to community spokesperson Mr Farouk Suliman.

The situation is so alarming that the Department of Health will hold an immunisation event tomorrow at Eastdene Pharmacy, offering health services to children aged between 6 months to 15 years old. The Steve Tshwete Local Municipality responded to the predicament and posted the following on their Facebook page, “Let’s try and save our little ones and prevent this measles scourge.”

The Department of Health will be at Eastdene Pharmacy from 08:00 to 13:00.

The Middelburg Observer spoke with Mr Suliman, who said that additional cases have been reported in the Middelburg CBD and other surrounding communities near Eastdene, which significantly widens the outbreak area.

Mr Suliman emphasised the seriousness of the situation, stating, “If any parents or family members notice any inkling of symptoms, immediately take your child to the doctor.” Measles is a highly contagious disease that can affect anyone and is most common in children.

Early symptoms of measles include a runny nose, sensitivity to light, a cough, red watery eyes, a high fever and small white spots inside the cheeks. A rash will form 7–18 days after exposure, which will then spread to the entire body.

Mr Suliman concluded with the following message, “Stay safe, look after your family, and be vigilant.”

Tobie van den Berg

Editor at Middelburg Observer
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