An outbreak of measles in Gauteng has sparked talks about the highly contagious disease and Covid-19.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reported four laboratory-confirmed cases of measles in Gauteng last month .
“Three cases are known to be epidemiologically linked and reside in south-west Tshwane. The fourth case is based on the West Rim. All cases are isolated and recovering,” it said.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), two or more measles cases in a health district within one month is considered an outbreak.< /span>
How do you know if you have Covid-19 or measles?
According to the NICD, like Covid-19, measles is highly contagious and spread through infectious respiratory droplets airborne by infected people when they cough or sneeze, red eyes, and muscle pain. These symptoms typically appear before the characteristic difference between the two diseases: a maculopapular rash.
In other words, it has many symptoms similar to Covid-19 before a patient develops the developed a skin rash often associated with measles.
Dr. Marlin McKay, who runs his own doctor’s office in Roodepoort, told TimesLIVE it’s better to stay on the side of caution and get a doctor to test or examine you if you feel ill.
In a recent conversation with EWN, Tshwane Health MEC gave the same advice to Rina Marx.
She said , the Covid-19 pandemic influenced the start of the measles outbreak.< /p>
“All babies should be vaccinated at six months and 12 months of age . Covid-19 definitely had an impact on routine vaccinations because people were afraid to go to clinics because these are high-risk areas nearest facility apply snapshots”.
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