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Measles Outbreak Has Authorities On Their Toes In The Midlands

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By Portia Muzorava

Midlands Health authorities say the province is fighting to tackle an outbreak of measles which is suspected to have been transmitted from the Manicaland Province by a group of apostolic sect members.

Speaking to Great Dyke News, Midlands Provincial Information Officer, Edwill Moyo said Mberengwa, Shurugwi, Gokwe North, Gweru and Kwekwe are the currently affected districts indicating that the public should be cautious.

He highlighted that the outbreak is mainly affecting the apostolic sect who were recently in Manicaland for a conference.

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ACTUALITY – MEASLES

Yesterday the Health and Child Care ministry said a deadly measles outbreak has hit Zimbabwe, killing 80 people so far, while there are 1 036 suspected cases. Manicaland has the highest number of 356 cases and 45 deaths.

Measles is a viral infection that is serious for small children but is easily preventable by a vaccine.

The disease spreads through the air by respiratory droplets produced from coughing or sneezing. Measles symptoms don’t appear until 10 to 14 days after exposure. They include cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, sore throat, fever and a red, blotchy skin rash. 

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