December 13, 2017

Naga measles outbreak brought under control

The medical team of the Tatmadaw provides health care services to children in Naga Self-Administrative Zone.
The medical team of the Tatmadaw provides health care services to children in Naga Self-Administrative Zone.

AN outbreak of measles which scourged some remote villages in far northwestern Myanmar’s Naga Self-Administrative Zone (SAZ) is now finally under control, according to the Naga SAZ authorities.
Specialists from the Public Health Department (PHD) of Nay Pyi Taw and Sagaing Region hospitals are reportedly administering vaccinations and providing medical treatment for locals in areas where the disease broke out. “The disease is now under control as specialists from the capital have come and given treatment. They’ve identified the previously mysterious disease as measles and it has since stopped spreading,” said U Kay Sai, chair of the Naga SAZ.    The symptoms of measles reportedly start with a sore throat, increasing to a fever, then red spots that cover the whole body, before sufferers vomit blood. The disease can then prove fatal if not treated.
A medical team led by Dr Aung Kyaw Moe, assistant director of the PHD of Naypyitaw, reportedly worked together with four doctors from Sagaing Region in providing the aforementioned medical treatment within villages in the Naga SAZ which saw the outbreak of measles.
However, the medical team is yet to be reached for comment because of the remoteness of their current location.
As of 7 August, the measles virus which broke out in June this year has reportedly claimed the lives of a total 41 people: 27 from villages in Lahe Township and 14 from Nanyun Township.

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