Fiji declares measles outbreak

Fiji has become the third country in the Pacific to report cases of measles.

In a statement released today, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services  declared an outbreak of measles for the Serua/Namosi Subdivision.

There have been two confirmed cases and two suspected cases reported from Wailali Settlement in Wainadoi about 25km out of Suva.

Three of the cases have recovered or are recovering at home, and one is currently admitted in hospital.

The Serua/Namosi Subdivisional Outbreak Response Team has activated its measles response plan, which includes isolating cases and tracing and vaccinating those that had contact with the cases, as well as vaccinating communities at risk.

Tonga and Samoa have also reported a measles outbreak.

The initial outbreak was reported in New Zealand