Health authority confirms 2 more measles cases in B.C. Lower Mainland

Health authority confirms 2 more measles cases in B.C. Lower Mainland

One was a passenger who arrived in Vancouver on February 11 on Philippine Airlines flight PR 116 from Manila, while the other was a passenger who departed Vancouver on February 12 on Air Canada flight AC236 to Edmonton.

Stars Inn Hotel at 8332 Sparrow Crescent in Leduc at 12 and 3 p.m.

An airline passenger with measles may have spread the highly contagious illness to other people during a trip to Leduc from Vancouver earlier this month, Alberta Health Services said Sunday in a public health alert.

Edmonton International Airport Hotel Shuttle at the Crystal Star Inn pickup between 6:30 and 7 a.m.

AHS said anyone who was born after 1970 and has received less than two doses of measles vaccine may be at risk if they come into the vicinity of an infected person.

"Given the timeframe of the potential exposure, post-exposure immunization is not effective", read a AHS health advisory.

The health authority says the new cases are not related to the outbreak involving two French schools.

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On Friday, Vancouver Coastal Health announced there was a total of 10 cases that were "very clearly associated" with the schools, Ecole Secondaire Jules-Verne and Ecole Rose-Des-Vents.

Symptoms of measles may include a fever of 38.3° C or higher, a cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a blotchy red rash that appears three to seven days after the fever starts and begins behind the ears and on the face before spreading to the arms and legs, according to PHAC.

Those infected with measles are often contagious before they show any symptoms.

Health officials in both Alberta and the Northwest Territories advised people who aren't vaccinated for measles and who may have been on board flights, in shuttles, at stores or hotels where the affected person was present to monitor themselves for symptoms. "In Alberta, measles vaccine is offered, free of charge, through Alberta's publicly-funded immunization program".

Those who don't know their or their child's immunization history can call their local public health office or Health Link for more information.

More information can be found online.

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