UNB student diagnosed with measles

The University of New Brunswick says one of its students has recently been diagnosed with measles.

A statement posted on the university's website Monday said the student, who is not a member of the residence community, is receiving treatment and is doing well.

The university said those known to have been in direct contact with the student have been notified.

But as a precaution, UNB has released a list of locations where members of the university community may have come into contact with the student, and are asking people to watch for measles symptoms until April 20.

The locations include:

  • Wed, March 22: Head Hall C10, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Wed, March 22: MacLaggan Hall, Bottom, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 pm.
  • Wed, March 22: UNB Financial Services in the Physics Building at 8 Bailey Drive, Ground Floor, 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thu, March 23: Carleton Hall, Bottom, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Thu, March 23: Tilley Hall, 1st Floor, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Fri, March 24: Head Hall C10, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Fri, March 24: MacLaggan Hall, Bottom, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Thu, March 30: Carleton Hall, Bottom, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Thu, March 30: Tilley Hall, 1st Floor, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"According to Public Health officials, the risk of contracting measles in this situation is low," said the university, "but if you are experiencing symptoms as outlined below, we encourage you to contact Public Health."

Measles spreads between people by droplets from coughs and sneezes, according to Public Health.

People with measles will first experience symptoms like the common cold with a cough, runny nose and sore eyes, but will then develop a fever and a rash that spreads from their face down to their body.

Public Health says there were two cases of measles reported in New Brunswick between 2002 and 2011.

They say the best way to prevent the disease is to make sure your immunizations are up to date.