Island Health issues warning after South Island measles exposure confirmed

Island Health issues warning after South Island measles exposure confirmed

Island Health issues warning after South Island measles exposure confirmed

Island Health says in the past five weeks, it has administered about 3,474 measles vaccinations - more than double the number given in the same period a year ago.

Island Health has confirmed a new case of measles infection on the South Island, bringing the number to three in the region.

The health authority said it has sent letters about possible exposure to staff and individuals who stayed at two hostels in the city after one person who stayed at both locations tested positive for the disease.

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Last Friday, two measles cases were confirmed in Greater Victoria, but Island Health says the latest case does not appear to be related to those. Those involve two adults, not related to each other, who contracted the disease while travelling in Vietnam.

Anyone who may have been exposed is being asked to monitor for symptoms for 21 days after the exposure date.

That's followed by a rash a few days later on the face and spreads to the chest.

But Island Health has offered TB screening and says everyone who may have been exposed has been contacted.

If you develop symptoms, please contact your health care provider before you visit them so they can take precautions to prevent transmission of measles to others.

South Island: 250-544-7676 ext.

A two-month voluntary measles vaccine catch-up drive is underway across B.C., in an effort to vaccinate 95 per cent of youth before next fall's mandatory immunization registration of all elementary and high school students.

Herd immunity - which helps protect those who can not be immunized due to medical reasons - is effective when a community's vaccination rate is 95 per cent or higher.

The province is running a measles immunization catch-up program between April and June, 2019, aimed at upping the immunization rate for school-aged kids.

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