The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has issued a measles outbreak alert to notify clinicians that they should be on high alert of symptoms.

The alert follows a noticeable increase in laboratory confirmed measles cases across the country.

According to statistics supplied by the institute, the number of laboratory confirmed cases stood at a total of 49 by December 4th, compared to six for the whole of last year.

The Northern Cape reported the most with 17 cases, followed by Gauteng with 15 and KwaZulu-Natal with six. The Western Cape has had four reported cases, Mpumalanga three and the Eastern Cape and the Free State two each.

The Western Cape DoH initially indicated that there had not been any confirmed measles cases in the province, only “suspected cases.” However, after being informed that the institute reported four confirmed cases in the province, the department’s Sithembiso Magubane said he would have to get confirmation on these cases.

The Western Cape DoH has issued a warning for children to be taken to a health facility as soon as they are suspected of having measles. Older children and adults who were not fully immunised are also at risk.

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