Case of measles confirmed in the Interior Health region

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Case of measles confirmed in the Interior Health region

VANCOUVER-A new case of measles in the Interior region of B.C. has brought the total number of people infected in the province to 18.

While measles was officially eradicated in Canada in 1998, there have been periodic outbreaks in B.C.in communities where vaccination is low, including an outbreak in Chilliwack in 2014.

"We are working with our healthcare and public health partners to make sure we quickly identify any possible exposures to the community that may have occurred", said Marcy Flanagan, Director of the Pima County Health Department.

Measles is a serious illness that is caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, and red and inflamed eyes.

One or two out of every 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the "best care", the CDC said.

Measles spreads through the air. The rash begins at the hairline first, and moves down the body.

The risk to the public is considered low, and Interior Health is following up with people who may have come into contact with the patient.

"All of these cases followed a measles case imported from overseas".

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - one between 12 and 15 months and the second between 4 and 6 years - to be fully protected against measles. In doing so they aim to determine immunization status and, if necessary, offering post-exposure protection.

Those who think they may have contracted measles should call ahead to their doctor's office or hospital before attending so that measures to prevent the virus' further spread can be implemented.

Older boys and men may experience swelling in the testicles, and women can sometimes feel pain in their abdomen around their ovaries. "Your student may return to school on the 6 day after the onset of gland swelling".

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