A major sporting event this weekend in New Brunswick involving some 2,500 young athletes has public health officials urging participants to ensure that measles immunization is up to date.
The 2019 East Coast Games will be held in the Saint John area, which recently had 12 confirmed measles cases.
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No new cases were reported from the beginning of June, but the New Brunswick Deputy Health Director sent a note to the doctors asking them to make sure their patients traveling to the games are immunized.
In the June 10 memo, Dr. Cristin Muecke states that immunization is the best way to prevent the spread of measles and improve immunity.
He says that school-age children, adolescents and adults born since 1970, participating in the games should have received two doses of the vaccine.
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Health officials said they need 40 days without new measles cases to consider the epidemic over.