Provincial health officials have indicated that measles outbreak is ongoing in British Columbia province as of mid-March. The Interior Health Authority has recorded at least 17 measles cases in the Vancouver metropolitan area and officials are monitoring reports of infected persons in the localities of 100 Mile House and Lone Butte. Health officials in the province have urged citizens to ensure that they are vaccinated against the disease.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that typically affects mostly children. It is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth, or throat of infected persons. Symptoms of measles are usually a high fever, which begins approximately ten to 12 days after exposure to the virus and lasts four to seven days. A runny nose, a cough, red and watery eyes, and small white spots inside the cheeks can develop in the initial stage. After several days, a rash erupts, usually on the face and upper neck. Over the course of about three days, the rash spreads, eventually reaching the hands and feet. The rash lasts for five to six days and then fades. On average, the rash occurs 14 days after exposure to the virus (within a range of seven to 18 days). A vaccine is available.
Individuals in British Columbia province are advised to ensure their measles vaccination is up to date (including booster shots) and to contact their doctor with any questions or concerns. Anyone experiencing the above symptoms is urged to seek immediate medical attention.
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