Willa2, Liewe Heksie en al die ander maters daar ver, hierdie boodskap is spesiaal vir julle. Masels het versprei van Gauteng af tot daar by julle ouens. Een van die dinge wat nie so algemeen bekend is nie, is dat al is jy as kind ingespuit vir bv. Masels jy dit steeds dalk nou kan kry. Met die nuutste navorsing is bevind dat die immuniteit wat deur inenting verkry is nie lewenslank hou nie, maar so vir gemiddeld 20 jaar, daarom dat ons met die uitbraak in Gauteng gesien het dat volwassenes die siekste geword het en mense wat kon se, maar ek het al my inspuitings gehad het dit steeds gekry. Beste raad is: gaan kry nog ‘n inspuiting, gou voor al die spuitstof op is, dit is wat in ‘n stadium hier gebeur het. Vat sommer die hele gesin. Hoop nie julle word siek nie.
Western Cape Health Department spokeswoman Faiza Steyn said that by Friday [29 Jan 2010], 236 laboratory confirmed cases of measles had been reported in the province since September . No deaths have yet been reported in the Western Cape [province] as a result of the disease. Out of these confirmed cases, only 10 involved people over the age of 40. Steyn was unable to quantify how many adults had been diagnosed with measles. The new cases, however, have been confirmed in cases involving patients as young as 6 months old.
Both Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal [provinces] were hit by measles outbreaks late last year . More than 1000 children in Gauteng contracted measles in the space of 3 months. The Gauteng outbreak also saw one Joburg [Johannesburg] prison being quarantined because 51 inmates there had been diagnosed with measles. More than 3000 cases at
27 courts had to be postponed in Joburg as a result of the quarantine.
The Eastern Cape [province] has also experienced a surge in measles cases during the past month. A 25-year-old man from Tshezi village outside Mthatha died on 3 Jan 2010 after contracting the virus from a two-year-old who came to visit during Christmas holidays from Gauteng.
By mid-January , there were 50 suspected measles infections reported from villages of Mathojanini, Thwalikulu, Mpaku, Zidindi, Ngcwanguba, Kwaiman and Tshezi.
A team from the Eastern Cape Health Department travelled around the province to vaccinate people against measles. And north of the [South African] border, 22 people died in Zimbabwe during the month of December  because of a measles outbreak there.
Steyn said Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Gugulethu, Athlone, and the Cape Winelands region were hotspots for the current outbreak.
“The department can officially confirm an outbreak of measles in the province. All health facilities have been notified to be on alert,”
She said the department had first noticed an increase in recorded measles cases in September last year . The numbers had started climbing after the festive season, when many people were travelling back into Western Cape province after spending time in other parts of the country. Damaries Fritz, the chairwoman of the Cape Metro Health Forum, has meanwhile criticised the department for “downplaying” the outbreak. She said even though the forum was at the coalface of health care, and was supposed to be informed of such outbreaks, it had only learnt about the surge in measles cases on [Fri 29 Jan 2010], during a meeting with an official from the health department. Fritz said the forum was told by a health department official that there was an “outbreak” in some parts of the province, particularly in Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha.
Steyn denied a cover-up, and said the provincial department had fed the information to the national department for dissemination. Steyn said a multi-phased national department of health immunisation project, designed to tackle measles and polio, had been planned to start in April . The project would now start this month [February 2010], she said, and this was a direct consequence of the Western Cape measles outbreak.
[Byline: Sipokazi Maposa]
Measles alert issued in Cape Town
The city of Cape Town on Monday [1 Feb 2010] issued a warning about a measles outbreak. “A measles outbreak which started in Gauteng [province] last year  has spread to all provinces in the country, including the Western Cape,” said the city’s health department spokesperson Ivan Bromfield. He said more than 100 cases of measles had been reported in Cape Town since October .
Measles is a viral infection and is characterised by a cough, runny nose, fever, and a blotchy red rash that appears several days after the initial symptoms. A person who contracts measles is infectious the day before the symptoms occur, and for about 4 days before and after the rash appears.
“The rash first develops in the facial area, with swelling of the eyes, conjunctiva, and a redness of the mouth. The rash then spreads over the body within 3 to 7 days,” said Bromfield. After the 2nd day of the rash, there is minimal risk for infecting others.
Measles was most severe in children who are malnourished and under the age of one. Measles was also more severe in adults than in children over 2 years old, with potential complications including ear infections, diarrhoea, pneumonia, croup, and convulsions. Health officials recommend that all children routinely receive a measles vaccination at 9 months and a booster injection at 18 months.
“Measles immunisations are available free of charge from all city health clinics,” said Bromfield. “Measles is a preventable disease, and the city urges residents to be aware of the symptoms and to ensure that their children’s vaccinations are up to date,” he said.
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Cupcake voor julle hierheen kom moet jy dalkies net gou hier lees: Measles appears now to be prevalent throughout South Africa with both adults and children at risk, indicating incomplete vaccine coverage.
Visitors to South Africa should ensure that they have adequate protection. Measles infection, although usually mild, can have serious consequences for non-immunised or partially immunised children and adults.