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Traveler With Measles Visited YVR, Burnaby and Coquitlam, Health Officials Warn

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Photo: Vancouver International Airport

Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health reported on Tuesday that a new case of measles has been brought to their attention.

The infection was acquired abroad and health authorities are following up directly with those who are known to have been exposed to the virus. Members of the public may have been exposed, as the individual was in several public places throughout the region.

RELATED: BC Has Launched New Measles Immunization Catch-Up Program

Individuals may have been exposed if they were on the following flight, or if they spent any amount of time at the following locations between the specific times listed below:

Saturday, April 13, 2019

  • International Terminal at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) between 10:25 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Japan Airlines flight JL018 from Tokyo to Vancouver

Sunday, April 14, 2019

  • Ramada by Wyndham, 631 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
  • Sun Star Restaurant (inside the Ramada) between 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
  • Lougheed Town Centre, 9855 Austin Ave, Burnaby between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Symptoms and Treatment

Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed a few days later by a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the chest.

Vancouver Coastal health says that two doses of a measles vaccine are 99% effective at preventing measles. One dose of a vaccine is 95% effective.

To date this year a total of 27 people, who either live in or spent time in VCH, have had reported measles. On February 15th, eight cases of measles were reported in just a span of one week.

Free vaccines are available at some local community health centres, the City Centre Urgent Primary Care Centre, and family doctors and walk-in clinics. Pharmacists can immunize adults and children over five years old. Please call ahead to ensure vaccines are available.


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