Two cases of measles found in P.E.I.

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Health officials are reviewing vaccination records of students at East Wiltshire Junior High School and Bluefield Senior High School, which is where the two attended

Two cases of measles have been found in P.E.I. Health officials are now reviewing vaccination records of students at East Wiltshire Junior High School and Bluefield Senior High School, which is were the two attended

Prince Edward Island public health officials are investigating two cases of measles in the province.

An adolescent youth has been diagnosed with laboratory confirmed measles. The youth is now recovering in hospital.

A family member showed symptoms of measles earlier in June after returning from Europe where measles outbreaks are occurring. This individual has since recovered and did not require hospitalization.

Neither patient had been vaccinated against measles.

“Measles spreads quickly, particularly in children and adults who aren’t vaccinated," said Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison.

“The majority of Islanders follow the routine schedule of immunization. This protects not only themselves from getting the disease, but also helps to protect the general public by preventing future spread.”

To prevent future spread, the Chief Public Health Office along with Public Health Nursing are reviewing the vaccination records of students at two Island schools, East Wiltshire Junior High School and Bluefield Senior High School, which were attended by the two patients.

“Fortunately, the vast majority of students at the affected schools are fully immunized for measles,” said Morrison. “Public Health Nursing will be working to contact individuals in the two schools to offer vaccine to those not fully immunized with two doses of measles vaccine over the next week.”

Measles are a highly contagious disease that spreads through the air by coughing and sneezing. Initial symptoms may include fever, runny nose, watery red eyes and cough. After a few days, a rash appears on the head and spreads down to the trunk and limbs. 

“Measles spreads quickly, particularly in children and adults who aren’t vaccinated," Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison.

Serious complications such as blindness, viral meningitis or pneumonia can occur. 

The Chief Public Health Office recommends that anyone with fever, runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough, should stay at home and limit contact with others to avoid spreading illness.

If somebody develops a rash or if their symptoms worsen, call a doctor or seek medical care.

Health officials recommend calling the doctor’s office or health care facility before arriving so they can protect other patients from exposure.

Anyone born before 1970 or those who have had two doses of measles vaccine are considered immune.

Morrison said it is important to note that the two patients are no longer contagious.

However, the development of additional cases is now possible due to exposure to the measles virus in P.E.I.

Measles can be prevented by a measles vaccine, which is offered in Prince Edward Island as part of the standard immunization schedule at 12 and 18 months of age.

All individuals born since 1970 who have not received two doses of measles vaccine are encouraged to receive the vaccine.

The last laboratory confirmed case of measles in Prince Edward Island occurred in 1992.

 

Online: www.gov.pe.ca/health/measles

 

 

 

 

Organizations: East Wiltshire Junior High School, Bluefield Senior High School, Chief Public Health Office

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Europe

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  • skeptical
    July 01, 2013 - 11:51

    Way to go Bill Kays!! 30 yrs of cover ups by the UK was released in 2012 By a Doc with autistic son ,how come we don't hear about that ?

  • jypsy
    July 01, 2013 - 09:37

    There never was, and still isn't, mercury (of any form) in the MMR vaccine. Vaccines have not been shown to cause autism (despite the millions of dollars spent and the many studies done trying to find a link)

  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    June 30, 2013 - 17:20

    So if there were only 2 cases (and they are no longer contagious) why the rush towards vaccines? Why the push for this AND OTHER VACCINES? I wonder if the 2 cases had received the vaccine before they developed the disease? Before people run out and get vaccinated against this or against that, they should realize several facts first. The last time testing was done on humans regarding the aluminum ADJUVANT that is contained in ALL VACCINES occurred only once by Eli Lilly in 1928 and that testing was lacking because it never looked at long term effects. Do you not think we should be testing this stuff to see if it is detrimental to some people's health. Many stats indicate that the aluminum adjuvant (and or mercury, both contained in the vaccine) causes autism and other neurological disorders. Alopathic medicine (treating people with chemicals and surgeries) has been given almost ROYAL status in society because its the REVENUE GENERATING MACHINE. They are members of their own society, THE MEDICAL SOCIETY. Well doctors may be well intentioned getting into medicine (truly having a desire to help people) but when the treatments are worse than the disease, or the treatments causer more harm than good, we should take another look instead of stubbornly calling all other methods of healing QUACK medicine. Before getting any vaccine ask the doctor for the insert containing the possible side effects of the vaccine. The medical industry will defend itself to the utmost. It is a cancer upon itself.

    • Thanks Bill Kays
      July 01, 2013 - 13:56

      It's great to see some people have theirs eyes open. If vaccines work then why are people so pushy on the unvaccinated people to also be vaccinated? If they are supposedly immune then there should be no concerns of outbreaks! Frustration sets in....NOW....!