15 Feb, 2019
8 measles infections have been identified in Vancouver this week.
A total of eight measles infections have been identified in Vancouver this week. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) Medical Health Officers determined that the first infection was acquired outside of North America. VCH is notifying people who were known to be in contact with the case, and is urging under-vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals among them to be immunized.
Last week, another, unrelated case of measles was also confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to nine this month.
One of the individuals visited the BC Children's Hospital Emergency Department while they were infectious. Those who were at the emergency department on the dates and times below could have been exposed. Most people in B.C. are immune to measles. However, if you were at the emergency department during these times and do develop symptoms of measles, please contact your family doctor, or doctor at a walk-in clinic.
Measles is a highly infectious disease that spreads through the air. Close contact is not needed for transmission. The disease can also be spread through sharing food, drinks, cigarettes, or kissing an infected person.