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Health Bureau confirms 2 measles cases

The Health Bureau (SSM) confirmed yesterday two cases of measles, urging the parents of babies who have not yet been vaccinated against the disease to take extra precautions.

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UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:48 am

The Health Bureau (SSM) confirmed on Tuesday two cases of measles, urging the parents of babies who have not yet been vaccinated against the disease to take extra precautions.

According to an SSM statement, the first case is a 7-month-old baby girl who came down with cough, fever, nasal discharge and conjunctivitis last Tuesday. On the following day, the parents took her to a private clinic after she developed a rash all over the body. The baby was admitted to the emergency department of the private Kiang Wu Hospital last Friday. She was diagnosed with measles by the Public Health Laboratory of the Health Bureau yesterday.

The baby was born in Macau and has not yet been vaccinated against measles because of her age. She remains at the hospital’s isolation ward. The SSM statement said that her condition was stable.

The second case is the baby girl’s 25-year-old mother, a non-resident worker, who was diagnosed with measles on Tuesday. The woman came down with the disease on January 14 and has meanwhile made a full recovery after seeking treatment at Kiang Wu Hospital, a private clinic and the emergency department of the public Conde de Sao Januario Hospital Centre, according to the statement.

The statement said that the woman’s case has been classified as an imported case of measles as she had taken her baby to an indoor swimming pool in Zhuhai during the incubation period of the disease. Her baby’s illness has been classified as a related case.

Other family members of the two patients have not shown similar symptoms, the statement said.

UPDATED: 22 Dec 2023, 5:48 am

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