Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Officials say person with measles flew from Vancouver to Edmonton to NWT

Person with confirmed case of measles flew in, out of Alberta Public warned after airline passenger with measles flies through Vancouver and Edmonton airports.
Celia Hoffman | 27 February, 2019, 03:21

In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in the Vancouver, British Columbia area, health officials are reporting two new cases.

Chris Devauld did not know whether the passenger on the Philippine Airlines flight left Vancouver on another flight or stayed, nor did he know whether the Edmonton-bound passenger had arrived in Vancouver from another destination.

People who are at high risk of severe illness for measles infection (pregnant women, immune compromised, and those under one year of age) can also get a medicine called immune globulin that reduces the risk of severe illness if given within six days of exposure.

In the Okanagan, 86 per cent of two-year-olds have been vaccinated for measles.

"One person lives in the (Vancouver) region and the other was travelling through Richmond and Vancouver International Airport en route to Edmonton, then the Northwest Territories", she said.

Vancouver Coastal health says that two doses of a measles vaccine are 99% effective at preventing measles. He then passed that strain acquired internationally on to several classmates and two of his siblings.

Alberta Health Services has issued a public alert following a confirmed case of measles in the province.

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"We are asking Albertans if you were in those places at those particular times, that you monitor your health, you monitor yourself for any new symptoms up to about March 5", said Gloria Keays, a medical officer with AHS, at a Sunday news conference.

Waters said there's a good supply of measles vaccine and the shot is given at no charge.

Free vaccine is available at some local community health centres, the City Centre Urgent Primary Care Centre, and family doctors and walk-in clinics.

Juma said Fraser Health does not believe there is any risk of measles related to this case to the general public in their region.

Immunization information is collected for children entering kindergarten, for new students registering at a school, and in Grades 6 and 9 when routine school-based vaccination programs are done.

Due to confidentiality laws, Keays could not provide any details about the infected passenger including whether or not they were vaccinated.

These symptoms are followed three to four days later by a rash that begins on the face and spreads all over the body. This virus is highly infectious and you do not have to be in close contact with someone who is infected to contract it.

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