Fiji school for blind closed over measles scare

A school in Fiji was forced to close yesterday after a student developed measles-like symptoms.

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The Fiji School of the Blind in Suva said it was now quarantined and students had been vaccinated.

Headteacher Sharmila Chandra told the Fiji Times the student had visible red rashes all over his body.

Ms Chandra said the student also had neck pain and was vomiting.

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The school‘s annual prize-giving ceremony this week has been postponed.

The number of measles cases in Fiji has risen to at least nine, as restrictions are placed on the limited supplies of the vaccine.

The Health Ministry said an interim shortage meant vaccines were being prioritised for those in affected areas, children aged between six months and three years, and people travelling overseas.

It‘s also urging employers to not penalise staff who are ordered into quarantine as authorities try to contain the spread.

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