Barbados Denies Report of Measles Outbreak

The Health Ministry says it has only been checking to ensure young children have received the MMR vaccine to prevent a measles outbreak.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Monday March 4, 2019 – The Ministry of Health and Wellness has denied a local media report that the island is experiencing a measles outbreak.

In fact, said Senior Medical Officer of Health Dr Karen Broome, Barbados has not documented a case of measles since 1990.

A local online news website last Friday quoted Director of PAREDOS, Sheila Stuart as saying that “The Ministry of Health sent four inspectors to check those green cards for immunization purposes because we have a measles outbreak in Barbados”.

However, the Ministry said it is simply conducting a review of vaccination records of children in nurseries and day care centres throughout the island to ensure they are up-to-date, in order to prevent an outbreak.

“The Ministry of Health and Wellness advises that measles can be prevented once children receive two doses of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine which in Barbados is administered at ages 12 months and 18 months. If your child has not been vaccinated, you are advised to contact your health care provider immediately,” it said.

Outbreaks of measles continue to be reported in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Americas.

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