Indonesia Anticipation European Measles Outbreak

Saturday, April 23, 2011 Label:

Indonesia's Health Ministry has taken several steps to confirm the anticipation of an outbreak of Measles in Europe as reported by WHO (World Health Organization) Europe. 

"Measles outbreak has spread across Europe," said Director General of Disease Control and Environmental Health (P2PL) Professor Tjandra Yoga Aditama in a written statement in Jakarta, Saturday (23 / 4). 

Medical security measures taken by Indonesia consist of coordination with the WHO to check whether there are specific recommendations regarding international travel, "but issued no recommendation to the epidemic so far," he said. 

In addition, the service also will provide brochures for Port Health Office (NOA) across Indonesia to improve vigilance against a possible outbreak of infectious entry into Indonesia, and to prepare the medical team if necessary. 

Also, notify the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia to coordinate, particularly for maintaining the health of children Indonesian citizens in Europe. And, through immunization if necessary. 

According to Tjandra, as many as 30 European countries reported a significant increase in measles cases (measless) in their country. Until April 2011, there were 6500 cases of measles found with the number at most in France (4937 cases). 

According to Tjandra, at the center of this infectious disease outbreaks are in the area Ghent, Belgium, who had attacked children under the age of one year. 

"They predict this figure will continue to increase, especially with the holiday these days where people travel a lot," said Tjandra. 

Source: Antara
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