Two confirmed cases of measles in Saskatchewan
Published Friday, April 15, 2011 1:54PM CST
REGINA - Health officials in Saskatchewan say there are two confirmed cases of highly contagious red measles in the Regina-Qu'Appelle region.
Deputy Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab says both cases were in young children who had not been vaccinated.
Shahab says red measles is rare because of immunization, but can have serious, even fatal complications.
People who were in the waiting area of the Pasqua Hospital emergency room on April 3 between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; April 4 between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., or April 5 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. may have been exposed to the measles virus and should watch for symptoms.
Children with measles usually have a high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and spots in their mouth and a rash which starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.
Parents with children who are ill with rash and fever are being asked to keep the child at home and stay away from daycare, school, malls and other public places until the rash subsides.