After an investigation into a case of measles being launched in Antigua, the Ministry of Health in St. Kitts and Nevis have released an advisory to the general public.
The advisory states that the ministry is urging all parents and guardians to ensure that they and their children are adequately immunized against highly contagious illness.
The illness is caused by a virus which is spread through coughing and sneezing, with the main signs and symptoms including:
• High fever
• Runny nose
• Red and watery eyes
• Characteristic skin rash which starts on the face and generally spreads to the rest of the body, including hands and feet.
The rash usually develops three (3) to seven (7) days after the first symptoms appear.
The ‘Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine’ (MMR) is currently recommended in the National Immunization programme at 12 months and again at 18 months. If you are not sure of your child’s vaccination status, we recommend that you seek clarification at the nearest Health Centre or from your General Practitioner (GP).