By Christine Rumleskie
Northern Health has just confirmed two cases of measles in Northeast B.C.
Spokesperson Eryn Collins says the disease has been confirmed in a resident of Fort Nelson and one in Fort St. John. She says Northern Health is awaiting more laboratory results on several other cases.
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Measles is an infection of the respiratory system. It’s treatable, but very serious. One person in every 3,000 with measles may die of complications from pneumonia or intense swelling of the brain.
Symptoms of the disease include a red, blotchy rash that starts on the head, neck and shoulders and spreads to the rest of the body. Measles also causes a fever, cough and sore eyes in both adults and children.
Collins says she doesn’t have the current status of the northern patients with the disease. However, she says both individuals did not have protection against measles.
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The last case of measles reported in Northeastern B.C. occurred in 2004.
Anyone who may have contracted the disease is asked to call a family doctor or emergency room before arriving.
For more information on measles and protection against the disease, click here.