Health authorities in Margibi County have reported the outbreak of measles in Gibi District in Upper Margibi County. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that spreads all over the body.
About three out of 10 people who get measles will develop one or more complications including pneumonia, ear infections, or diarrhea. Complications are more common in adults and young children.
As of January 1 to January 28, 2015, 84 people from 14 states in the US were reported to have measles with most of the cases ongoing outbreak linked to an amusement park in California.
The head of Margibi Health Team, Adolphus Yeiah, disclosed during the county's weekly Ebola Task force meeting that the virus has already affected about 6 persons mainly children in the district and their specimens has been taken for further investigation and authentication.
Following the incident, he said, the County Health Team in collaboration with its partners swiftly moved in the area to contain the further spread as they have begun the vaccination of all children in these affected towns and villages.
He also disclosed that the measles cases came from across Grand Bassa County in an area bordering with Margibi County.
He disclosed that the area affected with the measles outbreak contains 24 villages and it's a hard to reach area as the closest walking distance is about five hours to get to there.
But he however said only not all of these villages in the region close to the Grand Baasa County have been affected but could if the necessary preventive measures are not taken to remedy the situation.
He said as a result of the measles outbreak in the area, the county health team has begun a measles vaccination campaign along with its health partners to quickly contain the situation.
Also, authorities have reported the shortage of drugs at public health facilities in Margibi County.
Dr. Adolphus Yeiah said as a result all primary health care facilities in Margibi County were finding it difficult to provide the much needed services to the public as required.
He told the Liberia News Agency that all of the public health facilities in Margibi County were now opened to the public to provide regular health facilities but were finding it difficult to operate due to the lack of every essential drug at these facilities.
Dr. Yeiah said they have been making every frantic effort to get drug at these health facilities in Margibi County but has been finding it difficult to have it there.
There is a total of 42 health facilities in Margibi County including both public and private but of the public health facilities in the county were forced to close during the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in the county.
Margibi County was hard hit by the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD among the 15 counties which resulted to the loss of over 25 health workers from the county health team.