Measles case confirmed in BC Interior

Measles case confirmed in BC Interior

Measles is an infectious disease that spreads through the air. It is highly contagious and close contact is not needed for transmission. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

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Another case of measles has been reported in the province, this time at 100 Mile House.

Interior Health says they the infection was likely acquired outside of the province and is not linked to cases on the coast.

Health officials are following up with those who have been in contact with the patient to determine immunization status.

The following locations are where an individual may have exposed to the contagious disease:

  • Feb. 28 —Tim Hortons at 100 Mile House, 4-6:30 p.m.
  • March 1 — Spruce Hills Resort, 108 Mile Ranch, 7-11 p.m
  • March 2 — Interlakes Market and Canco, Lone Butte, 5-7:30 p.m.
  • March 2 — Interlakes Regional Library, Lone Butte, 5:30-8:15 p.m
  • March 3 — Smitty’s Restaurant, 100 Mile House, 2:30-6 p.m.
  • March 3 — Spruce Hills Resort, 108 Mile Ranch, 4:15-7:30 p.m.

Interior Health says those who may have been exposed could be eligible for post-exposure prophylaxis — buy they believe the risk to the broader public is low.

The total number of cases across B.C. is now 18.

The outbreak is mainly concentrated in Vancouver and started in February after a family traveled to Vietnam. All three children on the trip were not vaccinated against the highly contagious disease.

Washington State declared a state of emergency at the start of February following an outbreak.

Measles symptoms include a high fever, coughing, runny nose and red eyes, followed by the development of a blotchy, painful rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.

Those who believe they may have the disease are asked to contact health professionals before visiting any facilities.

Information on vaccinations for measles can be found here

With files from the CBBC


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