-Health Authorities Confirm
By Esau J. Farr
Health authorities in Grand Gedeh County have confirmed an outbreak of Measles in that part of the country.
According to an ELBC Correspondent in the county, authorities of the Health Services Department of the Grand Gedeh County Health Team confirmed the outbreak over the weekend to journalists in the area.
The local journalist quoted health authorities in the county as confirming seven cases of the disease with two suspected cases.
The two suspected cases are said to be undergoing laboratory test to establish if they are confirmed cases instead of suspected cases as they are currently being considered.
“Authorities of the Health Services Department of Grand Gedeh have confirmed seven cases of Measles with two suspected cases. We are told that specimens of the two suspected cases have been collected and sent to Monrovia for test after which the media will be briefed on the outcome,” the journalist told State Radio Wednesday, October 17, 2018 in Monrovia.
Measles is a virus-related disease that can spread rapidly. Also known as rubeola or morbilli, measles is an endemic disease, meaning it is continually present in a community, and many people develop resistance.
It is an unpleasant condition, but one that normally passes without treatment within 7 to 10 days.
After a bout of measles, a person gains immunity for the rest of their life. They are very unlikely to contract measles a second time.
The symptoms of measles always include fever and at least one of the three Cs as cough, coryza, or runny nose. Symptoms will appear about 9 to 11 days after initial infection, that’s according to research.