Single case of measles confirmed in the B.C. Interior

Officials: Measles confirmed in 1-year-old Pima county child

Measles cases are rising globally, including in wealthy nations such as the United States and Germany, where some parents shun the vaccines mostly for philosophical or religious reasons, or concerns - debunked by medical science - that the vaccine could cause autism.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a statement aimed at reminding Canadians that measles is a serious and highly contagious disease and that getting vaccinated is the best protection.

Thousands of MMR vaccines are being delivered to Canterbury as its measles outbreak widens to 20 confirmed cases this weekend.

"We are working with our healthcare and public health partners to make sure we quickly identify any possible exposures to the community that may have occurred", said Marcy Flanagan, Director of the Pima County Health Department. It begins with a fever (101 F or higher), red, watery eyes, cough, and runny nose and is followed by a red rash, raised, and blotchy.

The DHB said under-immunised people who came within two metres of an infectious person, however briefly, had a 90 per cent chance of contracting measles. Symptoms may last five to six days.

New Zealand's Ministry of Health said in a statement that since 2012, all cases of measles in the country came from overseas.

The case in Cochise County was reported at Elfrida Elementary school.

That disease is also preventable if a child receives doses of the MMR vaccine.

People with the symptoms who think they may have been exposed to the virus should call their health providers in advance of a visit so precautions can be taken to prevent exposure to staff members and other patients.

Those who think they may have contracted measles should call ahead to their doctor's office or hospital before attending so that measures to prevent the virus' further spread can be implemented.

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