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Measles outbreak in Bong

There is a report of measles outbreak around the Zulu Hill community in Fuamah District, Bong County.

Bong County Health Officer, Dr. Sampson Arzoaquoi  told the New Dawn Bong County Correspondent in Gbarnga that there’s a number of children showing signs and symptoms of measles in the  Community, located around the St. Paul River.

Dr. Arzoaquoi also reported another suspected measles outbreak in Jorquelleh District and Gbarnga, adding that specimens have already been sent to Monrovia for laboratory verification.

Dr. Arzoaquoi noted that the necessary measures are also being taken by the Bong County Health and Social Welfare Team to avoid the degeneration of the situation.

The Bong County Health Officer disclosed that a twenty one-man team has already been dispatched to the Zulu Hill community- fully empowered, to observe the situation and immunize children.

He expressed the preparedness of the County Health Team to handle the measles outbreak and any unfavorable health situation that might emerge.

He said while the County Health and Social Welfare Team may have to take the blame for not immunizing children, it must be understood that the team was also overwhelmed by the Ebola crisis.

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The Bong County Health Officer admonished citizens not to panic about news of the suspected outbreak of measles.

The result of the laboratory test is expected to be released very soon.

The report by the County Health officer comes amid concerns among Bong County about the preparedness of the County Health Team to deal with the situation, especially when Ebola is still present.

By Papa Morris from Gbarnga, Bong County

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