Friday August 29, 2014

Watch for measles


There have recently been confirmed cases of measles in Saskatchewan. In the process of investigating a measles case, the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region has informed Sunrise Health Region that customers and employees who were at Home Hardware Building Centre, 145 Broadway Street East, Yorkton on Monday, January 20th between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. may have been exposed to the measles virus and may become ill.

Individuals who have visited this business at times other than those listed above are not at risk. Please see below for symptoms – note that individuals who have were at the Home Hardware on January 20th between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. who have not yet shown symptoms of measles at this time (23 days after potential exposure) are not likely to have contracted the virus.

Persons are at greater risk of illness if they have not received measles vaccine or have not had a previous measles infection. Measles vaccine is commonly provided in childhood.

Persons born in Canada before 1970 or who have received two doses of measles vaccine, or have had the infection in the past, are considered immune.

Measles is caused by a virus that can spread easily from one person to another 1 or 2 days before the fever starts, and until 4 days after the rash appears. Persons generally feel quite ill and usually present with the following symptoms:

• Fever

• Cough

• A red blotchy rash

• Spots in the mouth

• Runny nose

• Redness of the eyes and inner eyelids and/or light sensitivity

Symptoms usually occur 8 to 12 days after exposure but this time frame can range from 7 to 21 days.

If you develop the symptoms listed above you will need to see a doctor:

• Call ahead to talk to the office and tell them you may have been exposed to measles and are now having symptoms.

• At the doctor’s office you should not be seated in the waiting room as you may expose others.

• If the doctor feels you may have measles, you should have blood and urine testing and a nasopharyngeal or throat swab.

Please do not hesitate to contact the following numbers for further information: For general information on measles: contact the Saskatchewan Health Line at 811.



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