BY TAVAKE SIMON HANA’AROA
HEALTH authorities have warned that measles is a highly contagious airborne infection as it can be easily passed from one person to another.
Director of Maternal and Child Health of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr. Divinal Ogaoga explained that measles spread mainly by coughing and sneezing.
“When I say contagious it means it can easily transfer from one person to another and it’s transmitted by airborne; meaning if some coughs or sneeze the measles virus floats through the air in microscopic droplets and can be carried by wind current to the next person beside you.
“Not only that but it can also transfer through surfaces.
“Example if an infected person covers his/her mouth while sneezing and then touches a doorknob or a table surface and then someone who is not infected touches that same surface after is likely to get infected as well,” Dr. Ogaoga explained.
With that, Dr. Ogaoga warned that personal hygiene is critical to prevent not only measles but a lot of other diseases.
He, however, urges the public at large to look for symptoms like high fever, running nose and sneezing, cough, red watery eyes. Besides these symptoms, Dr. Divinal said rashes will break out around the hairline and slowly spread over the body and that is a few days later.
He continued; “for young children, it can be life-threatening and for most adults, it is a highly unpleasant infection.
“The best protection for them is vaccination,” Dr. Divinal said.
He, therefore, urges the public to call their local health clinic if they suspected measles or have been in contact with someone with measles.
“Call your local clinic if you suspect anyone with measles.
“It is critical that you avoid crowds and public spaces, and do not take public transport. This will help stop the spread of measles,” Dr. Ogaoga urged.
In the meantime, he advises parents to carefully monitor their children offered nutritious food and plenty of water to prevent dehydration as there is