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measles virus Measles is a highly contagious disease caused by the measles virus.Complications and death can result from a measles infection, most commonly in infants less than 12 months old and in adults. Since the introduction of the measles vaccine, rates of measles infections have dropped greatly.

There were 17 confirmed measles cases among BC residents in 2013.  2014 has seen a measles outbreak occur in the Fraser Valley with several hundred cases being reported.    

For more information about cases of measles in British Columbia see the most recent Annual Summary of Reportable Diseases.  

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Last Updated: May 9, 2014