Published On: Thu, Nov 1st, 2012

Rare measles case reported in the Saskatoon Health Region

For the first time in 15 years, the viral respiratory disease , measles, has been diagnosed in Saskatoon Health Region, according to a Saskatoon Health Region news release late last week.

The viral infection, which was virtually eradicated through immunization, is extremely contagious and has been reported six times in the Saskatchewan province overall since September 2011.


Dr. Julie Kryzanowski, Deputy Medical Health Officer Saskatoon Health Region said, “Today, measles is a rare disease in Canada. Most cases of measles in Canada are related to international travel or imported. But to prevent imported measles from becoming outbreaks, Saskatoon Health Region is advising people to ensure that they are protected by immunization. Measles is just a plane ride away. When we see a case, it’s a reminder we need to remain vigilant.”

The case is connected to a case reported earlier this month in the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region. Four additional cases were reported earlier in the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region, according to Saskatoon health officials.

Measles or rubeola, is an acute highly communicable viral disease that is characterized by Koplik spots in the cheek or tongue very early in the disease. A couple of days later a red blotchy rash appears first on the face, and then spreads, lasting 4-7 days. Other symptoms include fever, cough and red watery eyes. The patient may be contagious from four days prior to the rash appearance to four days after rash appearance.

The disease is more severe in infants and adults. Complications from measles which is reported in up to 20% of people infected include; seizures, pneumonia, deafness and encephalitis.

Prevention of measles is through vaccination.

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