Tonga measles outbreaks stabilising in region

A Jan 17 government report advised that six more measles cases were reported in Tongatapu and ongoing transmission was also occurring on the island of Vava'u. The outbreak total was announced as 639 confirmed or suspected cases. In Fiji, good news with the spread of measles infections halted in Serua/Namosi, but not quite as upbeat for the rest of Central Division, however, numbers are down and there have been no more notifications since the Jan 9 update. While in New Zealand, the 2019 measles case total had climbed to 2,174 by the week 51 update but the ESR has reported fewer than 15 since then; and NSW’s case count rose to nine last week with two more cases in Sydney – adults aged between 20-55 years. A joint WHO-UNICEF statement on Pacific measles situation released on Jan 20 summarises the recent/ ongoing outbreaks and the responses and continuing measures needed to ensure they align with the IHR requirements. Their advice includes: ‘ In the Pacific, all individuals travelling between Pacific Island countries and areas, or to and from the Pacific are strongly advised to ensure they are up to date with their vaccinations at least two weeks prior to departing’. Read more.

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