Case of measles in 100 Mile House brings provincial total to 18

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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.

The latest outbreak came from people who were thought to be not fully immunised.

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.

Even though the vaccine is highly effective, globally around 110,000 people died from measles in 2017, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Sunday, March 3, 2019 - Spruce Hills Resort, 108 Mile Ranch, 4:15 to 7:30 p.m. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, sleepiness and irritability, followed by a red rash.

About one out of four people who get measles will be hospitalized and one out of every 1,000 will develop brain swelling because of infection, which may lead to brain damage. This will allow the office or hospital to make a plan to prevent other people from potential exposure.

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If you think you or a loved one may have been exposed to measles but you have no symptoms, you can call 8-1-1 or your local public health centre to speak to a nurse.

A further 18,000 vaccines are now being rushed to health centres throughout the Canterbury district and are expected to be available in practices from Wednesday, a board spokesman said via email.

Director of Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay said only 80 percent of teenagers and young adults had received the full course of the vaccine.

Measles is a serious illness that is caused by a virus.

Measles is spread through droplets in the air and through contact, so anyone unprotected who has been in the same room as someone with measles will likely get it.

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