Interior Health confirms measles case in 100 Mile House

By Dylana Milobar
March 9, 2019 - 10:28am

100 MILE HOUSE — Interior Health is confirming a single case of measles in 100 Mile House.

In a release this morning, IHA says medical health officers have determined that this infection was likely acquired outside of the province and is not linked to cases on the B.C. coast.

At this point in time, this is the only confirmed measles case in the Interior Health area.

Now, health officials are following up with people who have been in contact with the patients to determine their immunization status, and if necessary, offer the post-exposure protection.

Risk to the public is still considered low, however if you were at any of the following locations during these times you may have been exposed to measles and could be eligible for post-exposure prophylaxis:

  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 – Tim Hortons, 100 Mile House, 4-6:30 p.m. 
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 – Spruce Hills Resort, 108 Mile Ranch, 7-11 p.m. 
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 – Interlakes Market and Canco, Lone Butte, 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019 – Interlakes Regional Library, Lone Butte, 5:30-8:15 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 3, 2019 – Smitty’s Restaurant, 100 Mile House, 2:30-6 p.m. 
  • Sunday, March 3, 2019 – Spruce Hills Resort, 108 Mile Ranch, 4:15-7:30 p.m.

Call 1-855-549-6364 to speak with a public health nurse who will review your vaccine history, determine your immunity to measles, and arrange for post-exposure prophylaxis if eligible.

Anyone who is concerned about exposure to measles should watch for symptoms, which include fever, cough, runny nose, and red and inflamed eyes. These are followed by a rash, which starts first on the face and neck, spreads to the chest, arms and legs, and lasts for at least three days. 

Interior Health asks to please call ahead to your doctor’s office or the hospital if you think you may have been exposed to measles and have developed symptoms.

If you think you or a loved one may have been exposed to measles but you have no symptoms, you can call 8-1-1 or your local public health centre to speak to a nurse.

IHA adds, the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against measles is to ensure vaccinations are up to date. 

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