Interior Health confirms one measles case in 100 Mile House

Officials: Measles confirmed in 1-year-old Pima county child

The person was present at locations in 108 Mile Ranch and Lone Butte between March 1 and March 3, including Tim Hortons, Spruce Hill Resort, and Interlakes Regional Library.

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

Sunday, March 3, 2019 - Smitty's Restaurant, 100 Mile House, 2:30 to 6 p.m.

New Zealand's ministry of health said in a statement in late February that since 2012 all cases of measles in New Zealand came from travelers bringing the disease from overseas.

The race is on to get vulnerable people in the region vaccinated.

Measles symptoms appear seven to 12 days after exposure but may take up to 21 days to appear.

Symptoms include; a respiratory type of illness with dry cough, runny nose, headache, temperature over 38.5C and feeling very unwell, and a red blotchy rash that starts on day 4-5 of the illness - usually on the face and moves to the chest and arms.

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Now, the health authority is following up with anyone who may have been in contact with the measles patient to determine their vaccination status and whether or not they are eligible for a post-exposure prophylaxis - medication to help stave off the virus.

Please call ahead to your doctor's office or the hospital if you think you may have been exposed to measles and have developed symptoms.

IHA adds, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against measles is to ensure vaccinations are up to date.

You can get the vaccine for free at your local community health centre.

Complications from measles can include pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, seizures, deafness, brain damage, and death.

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