Fraser Health has released a warning following a report of a person who got measles after visiting an outdoor swimming pool in New Westminster during the last week. The authorities claim that everyone present at the outdoor pool located at Moody Park on Sunday, August 19th, between 1:30 PM. and 4:30 PM PST, could have been infected with the virus.
Measles – Symptoms, Treatment, Complications
Measles is a severe illness that is caused by an airborne virus that spreads by breathing, sneezing, and coughing. The measles virus may be highly infectious.
According to Fraser Health, the signs of the disease may start as early as a week or two after a person is contracting the virus and include fever, cough, runny nose, and red, swollen eyes. Then a rash starts on the face and neck and extends to the entire body.
There is no specific treatment but, usually, doctors recommend enough rest, measures to control the fever and prevent dehydration. However, within ten days the symptoms should disappear by themselves.
On the other hand, measles complications are quite common and have a higher rate of occurrence in people with low immune systems, vitamin deficiency, or in those who have HIV or leukemia. Also, young children are the most exposed to complications that might include pneumonia, encephalitis, Dawson disease, or hepatitis, among others.
Contracting measles during pregnancy may cause spontaneous abortion, premature birth, or little weight at birth.
Vaccines protect against measles
As measles virus was reportedly present at the outdoor pool located at Moody Park on Sunday, August 19th, in New Westminster, Fraser Health came up with some information.
If you were born before 1970 or have had measles before in your life, you are still protected against the disease. If you were born after 1970 and have had two doses of measles vaccine, you are protected, too.
In the case that you are not protected, Fraser Health reports that the symptoms might occur within two weeks from now. If measles symptoms start building up, then remain at home, stay out of contact with other people, and contact your doctor.