New measles case confirmed on Vancouver Island

Island Health confirms a third measles case on the South Island

Island Health confirms a third measles case on the South Island

Island Health has confirmed another case of measles, less than a week after the first two cases of 2019 were confirmed.

Island Health says anyone who was in the Beacon Community Services Thrift Store and the Fairway Market on Saanich Road in Victoria last Saturday between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. may have been exposed.

Island Health confirms a person in the region has developed the highly infectious disease, pushing the number of cases to three, although officials say the latest one does not appear related to the two confirmed last week.

Symptoms Island Health says people should watch for 21 days after possible exposure include fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, diarrhea and red eyes.

Anyone born before 1970 has a natural immunity to the disease.

Call 8-1-1 for information any time, and/or visit healthlinkbc.ca or immunizebc.ca/measles.

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Two doses of measles vaccine are 99 per cent effective at preventing measles.

A two-month voluntary measles vaccine catch-up drive is underway across B.C., in an effort to vaccinate 95 per cent of youth before next fall's mandatory immunization registration of all elementary and high school students.

South Island: 250-544-7676 ext.

Herd immunity - which helps protect those who can not be immunized due to medical reasons - is effective when a community's vaccination rate is 95 per cent or higher.

Free vaccine is available from local health units, family doctor, and many pharmacists. Nurses will be going into schools, offering vaccinations for under and un-vaccinated kids. These clinics are scheduled during regular clinic hours, after hours and Saturdays. Please call ahead to ensure vaccine is available.

Island Health says in the past five weeks, it has administered about 3,474 measles vaccinations - more than double the number given in the same period previous year.

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