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Bintulu Records 48 Measles Cases Since April

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KUCHING — Forty-eight cases of measles recorded in Bintulu from April 13 to May 21 this year.

Sarawak Health Department director Dr Jamilah Hashim said of the total, 19 cases were epidemic while the rest were sporadic (single) cases.

She said it involved eight areas comprising residential areas, workers quarters at sawmill and kindergartens.

“Of the 48 cases detected in Bintulu, 20 cases (41.67 per cent) involved children under the age of seven, 43 cases (89.58 per cent) did not have measles vaccine injection, 12 cases (27.9 per cent) involved babies under six months who are not eligible for the injection, six cases (13.9 per cent) never have vaccine injection and 25 cases (58.1 per cent) the immunisation status not known,” she said in a statement here today.

To date, she said 22,414 people were screened and 675 were vaccinated while a kindergarten was ordered to close for a week until May 21.- BERNAMA

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