One measles case confirmed in 100 Mile House: Interior Health

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Interior Health is following up with people who have been in contact with the patient, to determine their risk.

This is the only confirmed measles case in Interior Health at this time.

You can get the vaccine for free at your local community health centre.

"Anyone who is concerned about exposure to measles should watch for symptoms of measles", the release says.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a statement aimed at reminding Canadians that measles is a serious and highly contagious disease and that getting vaccinated is the best protection.

A case of measles infection has been confirmed in the Interior Health region, in 100 Mile House.

Measles cases are rising globally, including in wealthy nations such as the United States and Germany, where some parents shun the vaccines mostly for philosophical or religious reasons, or concerns - debunked by medical science - that the vaccines against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) could cause autism. Symptoms typically appear about seven to 12 days after initial exposure, but could stay dormant for up to 21 days. It is highly contagious and spreads easily through the air. It begins with a fever (101 F or higher), red, watery eyes, cough, and runny nose and is followed by a red rash, raised, and blotchy.

'Since 2012, all cases of measles in New Zealand came from travelers bringing the disease from overseas, ' the Ministry of Health said in a statement on its website.

'The first case was in a Darwin resident who caught the illness while holidaying in Vietnam, while the second case was acquired from the first, ' he said. Only people who were born before 1969 or have had two MMR vaccinations are considered fully protected, ' Dr Pink said.

"People between the ages of 29 and 50 can expect to get a measles vaccine from their general practice in a week or two".