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Measles in 100 Mile House

There has been a second confirmed case of measles in the Interior Health region.

Interior Health medical health officers have determined this infection is connected to a previous case of measles in 100 Mile House which was confirmed on March 9.

Both cases are connected to outbreaks outside of the province and are not linked to cases on the B.C. coast.

These are the only confirmed cases of measles in Interior Health at this time.

Interior Health is monitoring and following up with people who may have been in contact with the patient to determine immunization status and, if necessary, offer them post-exposure protection.

The risk to the broader public is considered low.

Anyone at the Wednesday, March 13, Interlakes Market in 100 Mile House between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. may have been exposed to measles.

Contact your community health centre to speak with a public health nurse who will review your vaccine history, determine your immunity to measles, and arrange for vaccinations if needed.

Measles vaccinations are available in 100 Mile House and Williams Lake at drop-in immunization clinics.

Anyone who is concerned about exposure to measles should watch for symptoms of measles including fever, cough, runny nose and red and inflamed eyes.
These are followed by a rash, which starts first on the face and neck, spreads to the chest, arms and legs, and lasts for at least three days.

Please call ahead to your doctor’s office or the hospital if you think you may have been exposed to measles and have developed symptoms. This will allow the office or hospital to make a plan to prevent other people from potential exposure.

www.interiorhealth.ca

If you think you or a loved one may have been exposed to measles but you have no symptoms, you can call 8-1-1 or your local public health centre to speak to a nurse.



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