There are now eight confirmed Measles cases in Saint John
“The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health is investigating three more confirmed cases of measles in the Saint John area.
Three new cases were confirmed late Sunday. Two are linked to a previous confirmed case at Kennebecasis Valley High School. One of the new cases involves an individual who was recently present at the emergency department of the Saint John Regional Hospital. This brings the total number of confirmed cases in the Saint John area to eight.
“Measles is a very serious disease and people must understand the importance of contacting your health-care provider, Public Health or 811 by telephone prior to presenting to a clinic, physician’s office or emergency room so that necessary measures can be put into place to prevent the spread to others,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.
Individuals who were present at the emergency department of the Saint John Regional Hospital on the dates below were potentially exposed to the measles:
- May 19, 10:45pm to 1:35am
- May 22, 8pm to 11:05pm
- May 24, 9:45pm to 12:30am
- May 25, 3pm to 7:30pm
“Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease and is vaccine-preventable,” said Russell. “Vaccination is our best possible protection against measles.”
Early symptoms of the measles may include fever, cough, sore and/or red eyes, runny nose or tiny white spots in the mouth. Within three to seven days, a red blotchy rash will appear, first on the face and then spreading to the body, arms and legs.
Measles can be prevented with a vaccine. Most people are protected from measles infection from two doses of vaccine. In New Brunswick, the vaccine that protects against measles, mumps, rubella and varicella is free of charge for babies aged 12 and 18 months. Adults born in 1970 or later can receive free measles, mumps and rubella vaccines if they have not already had two doses. Adults born before 1970 are considered immune to measles.
The measles virus is transmitted through the air or by direct contact with an infected person. Measles can be more severe in adults and infants and can lead to complications. All residents are urged to consider vaccination as the best way to protect themselves and their families against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. Those who are unsure of their vaccination status, or that of their children, are urged to discuss this with their health-care provider.
Additional information on measles and immunization is available online.”
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