The staff of Saint John-area is on high eve after the second confirmed measles case

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Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019 21:50 ADT

Last updated Wednesday 15 May 2019 10:09 ADT

Childcare centers are on alert after a second confirmed case of measles in the Saint John area.

Caution follows a warning from the province that two rather large groups of people may have been exposed.

To the north the crèche of Saint John, the managing director Erin Schryer is on alert.

"We are closely monitoring the situation," he said. "We understand the potential seriousness of the situation … I am in daily contact with public health".

The caution is due to the fact that a second case of measles was confirmed in the large area of ​​Saint John.

The highly contagious disease can be more severe in newborns and lead to complications.

According to the New Brunswick routine vaccination program, children receive the vaccine at 12 months and then again at 18 months.

"We have children in our care who are younger than this, or at that age between 12 and 18 months, so there is a certain fear among parents about this," said Schryer.

The YMCA of the Greater Saint John serves 500 to 600 children a day and keeps records of archived vaccinations.

"If a parent chooses not to vaccinate their child, then we must allow that exception to be noted and we know which children are and which children are not," said Shilo Boucher.

The second case of measles was confirmed at Kennebecasis Valley High School this week and is linked to the first.

Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick's Chief Medical Officer of Health, says that people who received a double dose of the MMR vaccine are protected, but some born between 1970 and 1995 may not have gotten that second dose.

"(We are) encouraging our families and staff to go and make sure they have been vaccinated and if they have not," said Schryer.

Boucher said: "We are following all the precautions that public health would be supporting. We are trying to organize a vaccination clinic so that we can help our parents if their child needs further vaccinations."

The province has also promised a vaccination clinic at the high school.

With the files of Laura Lyall of CTV Atlantic.

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