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.