N.B. confirms first case of measles this year

The first case of measles this year has been reported in New Brunswick.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, acting chief medical officer of health, tells The Daily Gleaner this case may be connected to a minor outbreak in Nova Scotia, where there have been 20 confirmed cases.

Measles is a serious highly contagious illness and Russell says health officials have been closely monitoring the spread of infection in Nova Scotia.

She says it looks like almost all of the cases in Nova Scotia have been linked to internatinal travel.

Russell also says about 90% of school-age children get the vaccine before they begin kindergarten in New Brunswick.

She adds that while the province has a good vaccination rate, they still need to get the message out there to get vaccinated to stop the spread of measles.

Those born in 1970 or later who haven't had 2 doses for measles, mumps and rubella are eligible to get the vaccine.

Those born before 1970 are considered immune to the disease.