Measles outbreak closes Tak school

A school near the Myanmar border in Tak’s Mae Ramat district has been closed indefinitely after local public-health officials discovered 13 students were contagious with measles. Tak is on Thailand’s central west border with Myanmar.

Six of the students from the New Road Learning Centre are currently in serious condition in hospital. Most of the school’s students are Burmese children and many have never been vaccinated.

Health officials are advising parents to keep their children at home if they show any signs of measles symptoms.

“And please take them to a doctor,” said an official visiting the learning centre.

“Measles is an acute systemic viral infection that can cause fever, a rash and breathing difficulty. It can also be fatal.”

Although Measles is highly contagious, it is preventable with a vaccine.


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