FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Saskatchewan reports measles outbreak

The Ministry of Health in Saskatchewan has warned residents about measles, a disease the province hasn’t seen many cases of for more than a decade.
Four adults and two children have caught the measles virus in the last year in the province. All six cases are in Regina and, as of yet, the cases do not appear to be connected, CKOM reports.
Saqib Shahab, the province's deputy chief medical health officer, said that the larger number of cases is in reaction to outbreaks in other parts of the continent. Typically, measles are not of great concern in the province because the immunization rate in Saskatchewan is 94 percent.
Those born in or before 1970 should have naturally acquired immunity, but parents of children under the age of one should take caution. Those children will have not yet received their first vaccination and should avoid contact with anyone showing symptoms of measles.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose and a rash all over the body. Approximately one out of 10 children with measles also gets an ear infection and up to one out of 20 gets pneumonia. Approximately one out of 1,000 gets encephalitis and one or two out of will 1,000 die.