British Columbia's Disease Control Center has issued a warning to British Columbians after the outbreak of measles in Washington led the governor to declare a state of emergency on Friday.
According to data from Washington State Department of Health in January, 32 cases were reported in the state. The number and immediate proximity to B. are the provincial health authorities that insist B. residents to ensure that their vaccinations are up to date.
The measles is highly infectious and spreads in the air through coughing and sneezing as well as respiratory secretions. Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes followed several days later by a rash that begins on the face and spreads to the chest. It is important to note that people with measles may infect other people before symptoms such as fever and rash occur.
The best protection against measles is vaccination, says BCCDC.
Passengers in affected communities are at risk of exposure to measles. British Columbia usually experiences several cases of measles each year, usually among unvaccinated travelers returning from parts of the world where measles are still common.
In 2018, six cases of measles were reported among BP residents, two cases being acquired during a trip from Canada and four cases were acquired from imported cases.
The last major outbreaks of measles in Bulgaria in 2014 and 2010
To date, no cases have been reported in B. related to the outbreak of the current state in Washington.
The measles vaccine is available as a combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR) and is available from the local health service, family doctor and many pharmacists.
Most people are immunized against measles because they had two doses of measles, mumps, rubella or have had a disease in the past. However, health authorities warn that people born between 1970 and 1994 or who have grown outside of British Columbia may have received only one dose and require a second.
To find a Public Health Unit anywhere in the province, see the ImmunizeBC.ca website.