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NICD announces plans to fight measles in SA

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says it hopes to eliminate measles in South Africa by 2020.

A 3D graphical representation of a spherical-shaped measles virus particle. Picture: CDC Public Health Image Library.

JOHANNESBURG – The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says it hopes to eliminate measles in South Africa by 2020.

The Gauteng Department of Health is currently rolling out a provincial measles vaccination campaign in schools following a spike in outbreaks.

Fifteen cases of measles were reported in the province - more than ten of those cases came from one family which was unvaccinated for religious purposes.

In Gauteng children under the age of five will be vaccinated while in Johannesburg children up to 15 years will receive the vaccine.

The institute's Dr Melinda Suchard said, “In previous years it was the leading cause for child mortality and we hope to eliminate measles in South Africa by 2020.”

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