For the second time in less than 3 weeks, New Brunswick health officials have reported a confirmed case of measles in the Saint John area. The case was confirmed at Kennebecasis Valley High School.

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“Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease and is vaccine-preventable,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.

“Public Health is working closely with local health-care providers and school district officials to contact individuals who may have been exposed to the affected individual,” said Russell.

Early symptoms of the measles may include fever, cough, or tiny white spots in the mouth. Within three to seven days, a red blotchy rash will appear, first on the face and then spreading to the body, arms and legs.

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“If these symptoms are present, it is important that you contact your health-care provider, Public Health or 811 prior to presenting to a clinic, physician’s office or emergency room so that necessary measures can be put into place to prevent the spread to others,” said Russell.

Measles can be prevented with a vaccine.

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