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German measles outbreak at NC school

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Classes at a primary school in Philipstown have been suspended for five days following a German measles outbreak.

CLASSES at Philipvale Primary School in Philipstown have been suspended for five days following a German measles outbreak at the school.

Northern Cape Department of Education spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said 26 laboratory cases of German measles, also known as Rubella, have been confirmed thus far.

Van der Merwe said the department decided to close the school as a health and safety measure.

“We have engaged with the Department of Health and agreed that the school will be closed for five days to allow for fumigation and to prevent further spread of the virus. This school closure will also provide an opportunity for learners to quarantine themselves, reducing the risk of further transmission,” said Van der Merwe.

“Thus far, the local Masibambane Clinic has recorded 26 confirmed laboratory cases of German measles, which is a contagious viral infection, best known by its distinctive red rash.

“We understand that this situation may cause inconvenience and disruption to the affected school’s academic schedule, but the safety and health of the learners and staff are now our top priority.

“The district office will support the school with the implementation of its academic recovery plan to ensure that no learner’s academic performance is negatively affected,” added Van der Merwe.

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