Pohnpei Measles Outbreak Prompts Warning On Guam
Travelers to Micronesian Games told to get vaccinated
By Steve Limtiaco
HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, June 20, 2014) – A measles outbreak in the Federated States of Micronesia has prompted Guam Public Health officials to warn local residents.
Pregnant women, kids
Pregnant women and young children are advised to avoid close contact with anyone who has a rash-like illness and cold symptoms, according to the Department of Public Health and Social Services.
Guam health care providers also have been advised to verify the immunization records of the patients they see and to administer or schedule needed vaccinations.
There is an outbreak of measles in Pohnpei state, in the Federated States of Micronesia, with four reported cases as of June 6.
Residents from the FSM are allowed to live and work in Guam because of a federal treaty called the Compact of Free Association.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease, spread from person to person through large respiratory droplets. Symptoms include: fever; a rash that lasts three days or longer; cough; runny nose; and red eyes.
Public Health also said those traveling from Guam to Pohnpei next month to attend the 8th Micronesian Games should be vaccinated for measles at least two weeks before leaving.
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