|Measles in Saskatoon Area|
|Thursday, 25 October 2012 12:11|
The Saskatoon Health Region is reporting its first case of Measles in 15 years.
The infected person lives outside the City of Saskatoon, but still falls within the health region's jurisdiction.
The health region learned of the infection on October 15th.
Deputy medical health officer for the region, Julie Kryzanowski, says they've traced the virus back to the case detected earlier this month in Prince Albert.
There have actually been six cases in Saskatchewan in the past 13 months.
Kryzanowski says the situation has been contained -- public health officials contacted everyone the infected person may have come into contact with to ensure they were symptom-free and had been vaccinated.
According to Kryzanowski, while people have been vaccinated since 1970, only 76 per cent of those Saskatchewan residents received both Measles vaccinations that would all but ensure they won't contract the virus.
She says people born prior to 1970 have, for the most part, had the Measles and will be naturally immune.
(pb oct 25/12)