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Measles Alert Issued For Vancouver International Airport

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Last month, a measles alert was issued for Vancouver International Airport affect an infected passenger travelled through.

Now, another alert has been issued after an infected individual flew from Tokyo’s Narita International aport on July 30th.

From there, the infected individual carried on to Portland and stayed for approximately one week before returning to Vancouver on August 6th. Afterwards, the infected individual boarded an Alaskan cruise on the same day.

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As a result, anyone that traveled through YVR on either date is advised to monitor symptoms. The disease is airborne, and therefore it may spread easily.

Infected individuals are likely to develop symptoms within 7 to 21 days of being exposed. If a traveller has been infected with measles from this event, symptoms would develop by about August 27.

Flight information:

  • July 30: Air Canada flight 0004 departing from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) at 4:05 p.m. and arriving at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 9:25 a.m.  The passenger with measles was at YVR prior to boarding the next flight.
  • July 30: Air Canada Jazz flight 8125 departing Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 1:50 p.m. and arriving at Portland International Airport (PDX) at 2:47 p.m.
  • Aug 6: Alaska Airlines flight 2536 departing Portland International Airport (PDX) at 9:45 a.m. and arriving at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 10:55 a.m.
The individual also travelled on a cruise ship to Alaska:
  • Aug 6: Norwegian Cruise Lines (voyage number 2018080806), departed Vancouver at 4 p.m. with a destination of Seward, Alaska.

Symptoms of measles include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Rash that starts centrally including on the face, spreads to the limbs and lasts at least three days

The BCCDC advises British Columbians to review their immunization status prior to travel. Measles has been on the resurgence for several years worldwide including Western Europe. The best time to protect yourself is before you travel.

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