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February 17, 2019

Measles in Wajir under control, says governor

Mandera governor Ali Roba presents a dummy cheque to Bushra’s father Ahmed Abubakar. Looking on is Bushra/STEPHEN ASTARIKO
Mandera governor Ali Roba presents a dummy cheque to Bushra’s father Ahmed Abubakar. Looking on is Bushra/STEPHEN ASTARIKO

The spread of measles that killed two people in Wajir last week has been contained, according to governor Mohamed Abdi.

The disease was confirmed  in the county on September 14, last year following receipt of laboratory results from KEMRI. Three samples had been sent to the research institution from Wajir North subcounty on August 30.

Some 140 people diagnosed with the contagious disease have since been treated at various health institutions in the county.

The governor, in a press statement on his Facebook page yesterday,   thanked officials from the county department of health and those from the national government for  stopping the spread of the disease.

He also thanked the residents for their cooperation. “I want to appeal to you  to continue cooperating in the fight against the disease by reporting to the nearest health facility if you detect any of the signs on yourself or colleague,” he said.

The governor cited challenges such as delayed supply of drugs to the health facilities.

He called upon the state and non-state actors to partner with the county and eradicate the disease once and for all.

The outbreak led to the county health department recalling all health staff on leave to boost the department’s technical team’s ability to handle the situation.

The most affected areas were Hadado, Danaba, Qarsa, Bulla and Bute.

Measles, a leading cause of death in children, is a viral infection of the respiratory system.

The disease can spread through contact with infected mucus and saliva. An infected person can spread the disease by coughing or sneezing.

The virus can live on surfaces for several hours. As the infected particles enter the air and settle on surfaces, anyone  in proximity can become infected.

Drinking from an infected person’s glass, or sharing utensils with an infected person increases the risk of infection.

Symptoms generally appear within 14 days of exposure to the virus. They include cough, fever, red eyes, light sensitivity, muscle aches, runny nose, sore throat and white spots inside the mouth.

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