First measles case in Interior

Maricruz Casares
Marcha 11, 2019

Canterbury district health board also said that, "Unimmunised people who come within two metres of an infectious person, however briefly".

Interior Health said the best way to protect against measles is to ensure vaccinations are up to date.

A further 18,000 vaccines are now being rushed to health centres throughout the Canterbury district and are expected to be available in practices from Wednesday, a board spokesman said via email.

According to AZDHS, Measles spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and symptoms typically appear seven 12 days after exposure, but can take up to 21 days to appear in some cases.

While measles was officially eradicated in Canada in 1998, there have been periodic outbreaks in communities where vaccination is low, including an outbreak in Chilliwack in 2014.

A case of measles has been confirmed in 100 Mile House.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that children get two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine - one between 12 and 15 months and the second between 4 and 6 years - to be fully protected against measles. It remains an important cause of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine.

New Zealand's Ministry of Health warned travelers to make sure they are immunized after outbreaks overseas.

Measles is a serious and highly contagious viral disease where up to 30 per cent of those who catch it will develop complications.

He said the first person visited Palmerston Regional Hospital on 15 and 17 February. It starts at the face and works its way down the body and can last five to six days.

Symptoms include fever, watery eyes, cough and runny nose and is followed with a rash.

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