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Health investigation clears suspected measles cases

Infant measles vaccination (File photograph)

Two suspected but unrelated measles cases have been ruled out by health officials.

The Ministry of Health thanked hospital infection control specialists and community paediatricians, along with families and close contacts.

Kim Wilson, the health minister, emphasised the value of vaccination and highlighted “a concerning rise” in measles cases abroad, raising risks of travellers introducing the virus to Bermuda.

Ms Wilson said heading off a measles outbreak on the island was “vital for public safety”.

“Vaccination is key. It's safe and not only protects individuals from this contagious virus but also stops its transmission within our community.”

Bermuda has reported no measles cases since 1990.

Vaccination is not compulsory, but the ministry said it aims to make it accessible and promote voluntary protection.

The community was urged to get educated on the highly contagious airborne virus, check their immune status, and take preventative measures.

Travellers were encouraged to ensure their immunity, or get vaccinated in advance.

On Wednesday there is a free vaccine catch-up clinic at the Hamilton Health Centre on Victoria Street, from noon to 4pm.

Travellers noticing fever and body rash should inform their physician of travel history. The travel clinic, at 278-6460, can give details on travel vaccinations.

For suspected measles, seek immediate telephone advice from a healthcare provider before visiting any healthcare facility.

Suspected cases must be reported to the Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit for prompt action to control spread.

Physicians should immediately report suspected cases to the nurse epidemiologist jdwilson@gov.bm, 278-6503 or 332-8932.

A statement added: “If you or your child have not been vaccinated against measles, contact your physician or visit the Child Health Clinic at the Hamilton Health Centre, 67 Victoria Street, Hamilton.”

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Published April 26, 2024 at 6:34 pm (Updated April 29, 2024 at 7:46 am)

Health investigation clears suspected measles cases

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