Public Health issue warning after case of measles confirmed in Halifax area

Canada Global (Web News) A measles case has been verified in the Halifax area, and notifications are being sent to family members, acquaintances, and close associates.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority announced on Friday that it is working with the IWK Health Centre to launch an investigation to find any further instances.

There were three potential exposure locations listed:

-April 6 from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Tanoor Restaurant (771 Bedford Highway, Bedford).

-Family Focus Medical Clinic on April 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (667 Sackville Dr., Ste. 207, Lower Sackville).

-IWK Health Centre Emergency Department, located at 5941 South St. in Halifax, will be open on April 10 from 6:15 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. (April 11) and on April 11 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

According to the press release, measles is a highly contagious viral virus that can be transferred through direct contact with infectious droplets or through airborne dissemination when an affected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes.

Even though the majority of patients recover completely in two to three weeks, measles can have substantial negative effects on persons with compromised immune systems.

Even if a person is immunised, Nova Scotia Health advises that they contact 811 or Public Health at 902-481-1697 with information of their symptoms and exposure.

According to population Health, the risk to the general population is still low because the majority of people have had measles vaccinations.

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