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Updated: 01/20/2014 22:01 | By Channel NewsAsia

7 notified cases of measles from Dec 29 to Jan 11

7 notified cases of measles from Dec 29 to Jan 11


7 notified cases of measles from Dec 29 to Jan 11

SINGAPORE: There were seven notified cases of measles reported from 29 December 2013 to 11 January 2014.

Four of the cases were locally-acquired and three were imported.

The patients were aged between seven months and 28 years old.

A Ministry of Health (MOH) spokesperson said all of these were single, sporadic cases, and that imported cases occur every year in Singapore, but have not resulted in community outbreaks locally.

MOH added that Singaporeans are at low risk for measles outbreaks, due to the country's high rates of measles vaccination and level of immunity.

Measles is a common disease that is endemic in almost every country in the world, including Singapore.

It typically begins with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, followed by a rash a few days later.

Members of the public should seek early medical attention if they are unwell with symptoms of measles.

Vaccination is a very effective preventive measure against measles.

MOH strongly encourages parents to ensure that their young children receive two doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination on schedule - with the first dose at 12 months and second at 15-18 months.   - CNA/ms

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