Contrary to a report carried in Loop News on Friday, March 1, the Barbados public has been advised that the island is NOT experiencing an outbreak of measles.
In a statement on Monday, from the Barbados Health Ministry, Senior Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Karen Broome, said Barbados has not documented a case of measles since 1990.
Speaking on a recent panel at the Cave Hill Wesleyan Man Talk Discussion, the Director of PAREDOS, Ms. Sheila Stuart, is quoted as saying: “The Ministry of Health sent four inspectors to check those green cards for immunization purposes because we have a measles outbreak in Barbados.”
According to the statement, the Ministry is conducting a review of vaccine records of children in nurseries and day care centres throughout the island to monitor the vaccination status of children in this age group to make sure that the vaccination of children in these institutions is up-to-date, in order to prevent an outbreak.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness has further advised 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.
Outbreaks of measles continue to be reported in North America, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Americas.