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Measles entirely preventable by vaccination: Queen's University expert


Queen’s University infectious diseases expert Dick Zoutman is available to comment on the cases of measles found in British Columbia.

The two cases were found in Chilliwack, about 100 kilometres east of Vancouver. Experts fear the disease may spread quickly due to low vaccination rates.

“Measles is one of the most infectious viruses known and is in fact spread through the air. Anyone exposed that is not vaccinated has a very high chance of getting measles infection. Measles is a very serious infection especially in smaller children,” says Dr. Zoutman. “According to the World Health Organization measles caused 122,000 deaths in 2012 globally. This is tragic as it is entirely preventable by the very effective vaccines we have. Even older children, young adults and older persons who contract measles get very ill and can suffer significant complications.”

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