Interior Health issued a notice on Saturday confirming one case of measles had been identified in the B.C. interior.
Now, the health authority is following up with anyone who may have been in contact with the measles patient to determine their vaccination status and whether or not they are eligible for a post-exposure prophylaxis — medication to help stave off the virus.
Anyone who visited the following locations at the times noted should contact Interior Health at 1-855-549-6364 to speak with a public health nurse.
- Tim Hortons in 100 Mile House on Thursday, Feb. 28, between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.,
- Spruce Hills Resort in 108 Mile Ranch on Friday, March 1, between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.,
- Interlakes Market and Canco in Lone Butte on Saturday, March 2, between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.,
- Interlakes Regional Library in Lone Butte on Saturday, March 2, between 5:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.,
- Smitty’s Restaurant in 100 Mile House on Sunday, March 3, between 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and
- Spruce Hills Resort in 108 Mile Ranch on Sunday, March 3, between 4:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Anyone concerned about exposure to measles should watch for its symptoms, which include fever, cough, runny nose and red, inflamed eyes, followed by a rash, which starts on the face and neck, spreading to the chest, arms and legs, lasting for at least three days.
Complications from the illness can include pneumonia, inflammation of the brain, convulsions, deafness, brain damage and death.
Those who think they may have contracted measles should call ahead to their doctor’s office or hospital before attending so that measures to prevent the virus’ further spread can be implemented.
Interior Health said the best way to protect against measles is to ensure vaccinations are up to date. Vaccines are free at community health centres. In Kamloops, Kamloops Health Centre, 519 Columbia St., is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.