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August 2, 2021

Western Province Measles Records

Seven new measles cases have been detected in the Western Province.

This is the second highest, of the eleven cases reported in the National Capital District, since the outbreak was declared last month.

While the mass measles vaccination program is rolled out throughout the country, seven new cases have been confirmed positive for Western Province.

This is just less than four, from the eleven NCD cases, tested at the Central Public Health Laboratory in Port Moresby.


According to NDoH’s Public Health Surveillance and Emergency Response, Program Manager, Berry Ropa, the samples were sent from Tabubil and Kiunga.


Despite the immunization program rolled out earlier, to contain the disease, the transmission is ongoing.


It is suspected that the treatment age range of six months to five years is the root cause. The National Health Department is conducting an analysis that will recommend the next course of action.


The treatment age range in NCD has been changed, from six months to twenty years. The same principal will also apply to Western Province.


Two samples sent from Bougainville are now tested, with Kavieng negative.


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