Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has confirmed a new case of measles in the region.
In a press conference today, Dr. Althea Hayden said that the infected individual was a minor and the case was acquired locally.
"It's not normally transmitted here," she said.
This is the second case of measles reported by VCH within the last week. On February 9, VCH confirmed that a resident in the region had been diagnosed and was undergoing treatment.
The region includes Vancouver, Richmond, North and West Vancouver and along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Sunshine Coast and BC's Central Coast.
Hayden says that with this new case, individuals who have been in contact with the infected person have been notified.
"The general public does not have to worry they were exposed to this case," she said.
Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, and red and inflamed eyes (typically sensitive to light), typically starting seven to 14 days after exposure. These are followed three to seven days later by a rash that starts first on the face and neck and spreads to the chest, arms and legs and lasts for at least three days. You may also notice spots in your mouth that look like small grains of sand on a red base.
- Check your immunization records to ensure that you and your children have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV). Your immunization record or your doctor can provide you with this information. Adults 18 years of age and older, born in or after 1970, require one dose of measles vaccine; children 12 months to less than 18 years of age, health care workers and adults attending post-secondary institutions are required to have two doses; those born before 1970 are generally considered immune.
- If your immunization record is not up-to-date, contact your local public health unit.
- Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles and should contact their health care professional immediately for further evaluation.
- Watch for symptoms of measles until 21 days after exposure. These include a high fever, cold-like symptoms (cough / runny nose); sore eyes or sensitivity to light; small spots with a white center on the inside of the mouth; and a red rash lasting four to seven days.
"The best way to protect yourself and your children is to check your vaccine records," noted Hayden.