Local health authorities are warning passengers on a recent flight from Beijing to Vancouver that they could be at risk of developing measles.
According to Vancouver Coastal Health news release, a passenger on Air China flight CA991 arriving at Vancouver International Airport at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 3 was infectious with measles during the flight. Shortly after arriving in Vancouver, the passenger developed symptoms of measles.
Measles is a highly infections disease and is spread through the air from an infected host who coughs or sneezes. Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, conjunctivitis or pink eye, and a red rash. Passengers should look for these symptoms until March 24 given that the incubation period could be up to three weeks.
Complications from the illness include inflammation of the brain, convulsions, deafness, or brain damage. In Canada, one person in every 3,000 with measles will die from the illness.
Anyone who was on the flight or in the international terminal’s arrivals area that morning is advised to ensure their vaccinations are up to date at their doctor’s office, local Public Health unit or at a walk-in-clinic. Immunizations are also available at these locations for free.