NSHA Public Health investigating a case of measles in Halifax/Dartmouth
Nova Scotia Health Authority’s Public Health team is investigating a case of measles in Halifax/Dartmouth area.
It has not yet been determined how the individual contracted measles. As part of the routine investigation and follow up of a measles case, Public Health is directly contacting people who may have been exposed, including at workplaces and where someone socializes. This will allow us to ensure up to date immunization and identify further cases as quickly as possible.
The risk to the general public is low; most people are protected from measles infection by being vaccinated.
Nova Scotia residents born in or after 1970 are eligible to receive two doses of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine at no cost through the publicly-funded immunization program. People who have not had two doses of MMR vaccine should arrange immunization through their primary care provider as per the NS Immunization Schedule.
Symptoms of measles include:
- fever, cough, runny nose;
- red eyes;
- a red blotchy rash on the face, which spreads down the body;
- irritability (feeling cranky or in a bad mood);
- small white spots may also show up inside the mouth and throat.
If you have symptoms of measles, you should:
- Call 811 for advice from a registered nurse or see a healthcare provider for assessment.
If you need to see a healthcare provider for assessment, such as your family doctor, please call ahead. Healthcare providers need to take special precautions to protect other patients from being exposed. Measles is a viral illness and most people fully recover within two to three weeks. However, measles can have serious complications, which are more likely in infants, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.
There were two measles outbreaks in Nova Scotia in 2017, with a total of 30 cases.