Update 4 May: There are now 25 confirmed cases and Sanidad is saying it’s the worst outbreak in the last decade. Apparently, it’s mainly come from the UK, and health officials here are saying part of the blame lies in the increasing anti-vac culture there, and in Germany too, to a lesser extent. In any case, it’s here, so the best advice is to be highly aware of anything that could be symptomatic of its early stages. LO
Original post 8 April: Sanidad has set in place a “preventative action protocol” after four cases of measles in adults have been detected in Tenerife. According to the department, Candelaria Hospital informed them of the cases yesterday, and has started a programme of vaccination for staff and taken appropriate protection measures for both hospital workers and patients alike.
The Public Health Department is following established guidelines and procedures as for any other outbreak of an infectious disease in order to prevent its spread. Anyone who thinks they might be infected should see a doctor as quickly as possible, since measles is highly communicable. It is characterized by fever, general malaise, sneezing, nasal congestion, cough, conjunctivitis, and the typical extensive red lumpy rash. PV