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NH warns of measles danger

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By Energeticcity.ca staff

 

Northern Health has issued a warning about measles in the Province.

While there have been no reported cases in Northern B.C., the B.C. Centre for Disease Control has confirmed 26 cases in the interior and lower mainland.

One of the most serious potential complications from measles is brain inflammation, which occurs in approximately 1 in 1,000 cases. Other complications like pneumonia are common.

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Symptoms include a rash, fever, cough and sore eyes.

Anyone with the above symptoms should call their physician before attending a hospital.

Those who have received two doses of the measles vaccine should be immune to the disease, as are those who were born before 1957 that have had childhood measles.

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Those who are not protected are advised to contact their doctor to arrange a vaccination.

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