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A confirmed case of measles in a child who traveled from Arica to Santiago by bus

Health sector (sectors) in the metropolitan area, Omar Caceres, confirmed the import case of measles in a four-year-old boy who entered Chile by land from Tacna.

According to the health authority, the affected person a child of Venezuelan nationality who left his country in Chile on November 12traveling with his mother through Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

In our country added Seremi de Salud, He arrived on November 19 the last time he took a bus to Arica in Santiago.,

For this reason, the Health Services in the metropolitan area called all passengers of the Expreso Norte to contact the health authorities.

“We are appealing to passengers who have traveled on the same bus line Expreso Norte No. 198, from Arika to Santiago, with a departure time at 5:30 pm, which contact the health authority through the specified phones ", which are +569 89001761 and +569 85271580, to exclude infectionssaid Caceres.

Although field epidemiologist Cemi de Saluda, Sergio Alkayaga, stressed that they would have to “find all the people who were on the bus to determine if there are people who represent the disease, and if not, we will have to do some kind of blockade, which consists of using vaccines in people who could incubate a disease. "

According to the health authority, it is believed that the infection of the disease occurred between November 2 and 15, when the child was still abroad.

25 people who were in contact with the child have already been vaccinated, which he is in good condition and next to him,

Call for calm

This is the second case of infected measles in the country, after which she touched a woman of Colombian nationality in early November.

The health authority called for calm before a recent case because, he stressed, the Chilean population in general is vaccinated and protected against measles.

However, the infectious disease specialist at Clínica Las Condes, Rodrigo BlameyI realized that “the problem is who was born between 1971 and 1981, because they are supposed to have received an insufficient dose, and therefore the ministry’s recommendation is that if they are going to go abroad, these people should be vaccinated before traveling and newborn babies, for mothers to complete their vaccination schemes so that they do not miss vaccinations. ”

"We must call for calm in the sense that it is unlikely that we will have a national outbreakbecause most people need to be protected, ”he said.

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