Measles case reported in Saskatoon Health Region
Measles hasn't been seen in the Saskatoon Health Region in the past 15 years,
but Thursday the region is reporting a case of the disease.
Parents of infants should to check their children's vaccination records, said Julie Kryzanowski, the region's medical health officer.
About one in four children younger than two are not properly covered by the vaccine because their immunizations are not up to date, she said.
"We're at about 76 per cent coverage rate for children under two years with two doses, so public health will be calling parents of children who are behind with their measles vaccine," Kryzanowski said.
"We've set up extra drop in clinics in Saskatoon and some of the surrounding communities of our health region starting Saturday and running through next week."
Measles can be quite serious.
"If somebody isn't protected by immunization and they are exposed to a case of measles, over 90 per cent will be infected," Kryzanowski said.
"Whenever we see a single case of measles we are concerned about the risk of an outbreak because measles is so contagious."
While rare, there are cases seen across the country.
"Most of the cases of measles that we do see in Canada are sporadic cases and usually attributed to travel internationally or people coming from overseas to Canada and bringing the measles virus with them."
The case here has been linked to a case in Prince Albert reported last month.
The woman lives in one of the more rural areas of the region and began feeling the symptoms Oct. 13 before being diagnosed Oct. 16.
The disease starts by looking like a common cold with a runny nose, cough, red eyes, then after about four days there is a rash that spreads across the body.
The incubation period is between seven and 21 days, so there is still a week left before the region will know for sure if anyone else was infected.
Health officials have traced the contacts of the woman to see if anyone she was in touch with began developing symptoms. Currently, no one else is showing signs of measles.
Saturday, October 27
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saskatoon City Hospital - Room 1911, 701 Queen Street (influenza vaccine is also being offered during this time at the hospital)
Monday, October 29
2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
WP Bate School, 2515 18th St. W
Wednesday October 31
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
West Winds Primary Health Centre, 3311 Fairlight Dr.
Wednesday, October 31
9 a.m. - Noon
Public Health Offices in Humboldt, Rosthern
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