1 case of measles confirmed in 100 Mile House

Henrietta Brewer
March 11, 2019

According to the public health agencies, the infant with the confirmed case had Asia-related travel.

Interior Health has determined that the infection was likely acquired outside of the province and is not linked to the cases on the B.C. coast, a media release says.

New Zealand's Ministry of Health said in a statement in late February that since 2012, all cases of measles in New Zealand came from travellers bringing the disease from overseas.

In Kamloops, Kamloops Health Centre, 519 Columbia St., is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.to 4 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m.to 6 p.m.

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - Interlakes Regional Library, Lone Butte, 5:30 to 8:15 p.m.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 - Smitty's Restaurant, 100 Mile House, 2:30-6 p.m.

That initial outbreak included 12 people who caught the virus at a couple of French immersion schools in East Vancouver, and three more who contracted measles while travelling. Symptoms consist of a fever of 101F or higher, red, watery eyes, cough and runny nose which is followed by a rash that is read, raised and blotchy.

If you think you or your child might have measles call your doctor or a nearby hospital and ask them the best time to visit the office to avoid spreading the disease. This will allow the office or hospital to make a plan to prevent other people from potential exposure.

Anyone who believes they may be at risk can call a public health nurse at 1-855-549-6364 to review your vaccination history, determine your immunity and arrange for post-exposure treatment if necessary. For adults and kids over five a pharmacist may also have the vaccine available.

Even though the vaccine is highly effective, globally around 110,000 people died from measles in 2017, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Complications from measles can include pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, seizures, deafness, brain damage, and death.

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