South Africa had more cases of measles in the years 2009 to 2010 than the years before that. If not controlled we may see more cases of measles. Measles is caused by a very small germ, called measles virus. It cannot be seen by a naked eye. It is spread when a person suffering from measles coughs or sneezes, passing on the germ to others. It can cause blindness, hearing problems, brain damage, pneumonia and even death.
Right now, many children have received one two doses of measles vaccine during their first two years. Those doses work in about 9 out of
10 children. Outbreaks may still occur amongst those that were not immunized or amongst those in whom the vaccine did not work.
In 19-24 April 2010, Mpilonhle team has visited some of the schools that it is working with to provide measles and polio immunization services, i.e Masibonisane High School 318 learners immunized, Nkosana High 93 learners immunized,Shikishela Primary 200 learners immunized and Kwa Nyamazane Prmary 93 learners immunized. The second round will from the 24 – 28 May 2010.
by Thuli Biyela