Single case of measles confirmed in the B.C. Interior

Single case of measles confirmed in the B.C. Interior

People with the symptoms who think they may have been exposed to the virus should call their health providers in advance of a visit so precautions can be taken to prevent exposure to staff members and other patients.

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.

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

It's reminding people measles is highly infectious, and anyone who's not immunised and comes within two metres of someone who's infectious stands a 90% chance of getting it.

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

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

Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay said only 80 percent of teenagers and young adults had received the full course of the vaccine.

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"Since the beginning of this year, New Zealand has seen an increase in measles cases", it said.

Interior Health says a first and single case of measles has been discovered. Symptoms may last five to six days.

The outbreak was brought to New Zealand by a traveler.

Several countries have had recent measles outbreaks including the Philippines, the United States and parts of Europe.

Measles is a serious illness that is caused by a virus.

The rash begins on the face as flat, red spots and spreads down the neck and trunk to the rest of the body. 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.

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