There has been one recently confirmed case of imported measles on New Providence, according to Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands.
Measles is an infectious viral disease causing fever and a red rash, typically occurring in childhood.
According to a notification released by the Ministry of Health dated December 5, a three-year-old girl travelled from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to Nassau on November 22.
She saw a local physician on November 25, where her father gave a history of the child having a generalized rash on her body, which began on November 24.
The ministry said that there was no history of fever, and immunization history reflected that the child was up to date, having received the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine at the age of one.
The child was referred to hospital and subsequently admitted “for further assessment and management”.
She was discharged on November 26 and departed the country on November 29.
In the past, Sands has expressed concern over the current level of vaccine coverage in the country, noting that at least 95 percent is necessary for herd immunity, but that there was only 91 percent coverage in 2017.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes, “Measles is so contagious that if one person has it, 90 percent of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected.”
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 140,000 people died from measles worldwide in 2018.