TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Measles victim in Kapuas Regency, Central Kalimantan, gradually increases. As of Thursday, September 14, as many as 39 residents were infected by the highly contagious virus.
According to Chairul Anwar Nidom, the scientist and professor at the University of Airlangga, the increasing number of victims possibly occurred due to the virus spread.
“It [the measles victim] may increase during the transition season when children commonly suffer flu because it is the condition when the Measles Rubella (MR) virus easily spread,” said Nidom in short message Tempo received on Friday, September 14, adding that the signs of measles are fever, cough, and runny nose.
Measles and rubella are a contagious infection that can be prevented with a vaccine. Other than through flu, the virus could easily infect malnourished children as well as those who have the weak condition due to lack of immunization.
“The measles transmission is through direct contacts, airborne spread when an infected person sneezes or coughs. It’s similar to the flu virus,” Nidom added. “To prevent further contagion, the children must be prohibited from contacts, and if necessary dismiss the schools and let the children rest.”
Nidom mentioned the improvement on children nutrition in the regions and parent’s concern would quicken the healing process. Within a week, he added, the children would be healed. “And immunization program should be developed to prevent MR disease in the future,” Nidom concluded.
MOH KHORY ALFARIZI