Measles outbreak hits Actonville, clinics roll out emergency response

Parents are advised to ensure that their children are up to date with their measles vaccination.

This follows 21 reported cases of measles in Actonville near Benoni in July and August.

Ekurhuleni is rolling out an emergency measles vaccination campaign in all its primary health care facilities.

As part of the campaign, children under the age of five will be vaccinated or receive a booster dose.

“Measles is a very contagious disease that can spread through contact with infected mucus or saliva and is a serious condition that can be fatal for small children. An infected person can easily release the infection into the air when they cough or sneeze,” Ekurhuleni spokesperson Themba Gadebe said.

Parents should immediately take their children to the nearest clinic, should they show any signs of a high fever, cough, runny nose and red watery eyes for medical assistance.

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