Deadly Measles Outbreak Hits Mwingi As Public Health Officer sound alarm

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By YOANA KIMWELE.

An outbreak of measles has affected parts of Mwingi North and Mwingi Centrale Kitui County Government Public Health Officers are Camp in the area to control the spread.

The County Government public health officer Faith Kanini Mutinda has revealed that two lives have been lost, but the officers are on the ground trying to control the outbreak,
The TCD Digital Reports.

Several patients are in the hospital as public health officers continue to Advise the Kavonokya sect to discard their Primitive beliefs and take their children to the hospital for Immunization to avoid further spread.

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Symptoms of Measles.

Measles signs and symptoms appear around 10 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Signs and symptoms of measles typically include Uncontrolled Fever, Dry cough, Runny nose, Sore throat, Inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis) Tiny white spots with bluish-white centres on a red background found inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek — also called Koplik’s spots.

A skin rash made up of large, flat blotches that often flow into one another The infection occurs in stages over 2 to 3 weeks.

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Infection and incubation. For the first 10 to 14 days after infection, the measles virus spreads in the body. There are no signs or symptoms of measles during this time.
Nonspecific signs and symptoms. Measles typically begin with a mild to moderate fever, often with a persistent cough, a runny nose, inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis) and a sore throat.

This relatively mild illness may last 2 to 3 days. Acute illness and rash. The rash is made up of small red spots, some of which are slightly raised. Spots and bumps in tight clusters give the skin a splotchy red appearance. The face breaks out first.

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Over the next few days, the rash spreads down the arms, chest and back, then over the thighs, lower legs and feet. At the same time, the fever rises sharply, often as high as 104 to 105.8 F (40 to 41 C).

Recovery. The measles rash may last about seven days. The rash gradually fades first from the face and lasts from the thighs and feet. As other symptoms of the illness go away, the cough and darkening or peeling of the skin where the rash may stay for about 10 days.

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