12th case of measles under investigation in Saint John

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health is investigating another case of measles in the Saint John area.

The province says the case of measles is in the Hampton High School community and linked to a previous confirmed case of the Kennebecasis Valley High School.

"Public Health officials are setting up a special immunization clinic to immunize those in the school population who may have been exposed," said Russell. "A protective dose of vaccine is the best way to protect people who have been exposed to measles within 72 hours, regardless of previous immunization history."

The Department of Health says early symptoms of the measles may include fever, cough, sore and/or red eyes, runny nose or tiny white spots in the mouth, and within three to seven days, a red blotchy rash will appear, first on the face and then spreading to the body, arms and legs.

Measles is passed along through the air or by direct contact with an infected person.

The number of cases of measles in the Saint John area is 12.