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Measles warning issued at Metro Vancouver high school

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DH Vancouver Staff Sep 07, 2018 11:43 am 23,540

Fraser Health has issued a measles warning at Maple Ridge Secondary School.

According to Fraser Health, a student attending the school has been diagnosed with a medically confirmed case of measles.

A vaccination clinic will be held at the school on September 7, from 9 am to 3 pm.

Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, and red and inflamed eyes (often sensitive to light), typically starting seven to 14 days after exposure. These are followed three to seven days later by a rash, which starts first on the face and neck, and spreads to the chest, arms and legs, and lasts at least three days. You may also notice spots inside your mouth that look like small grains of sand on a red base.

It’s the third recent case of measles in Metro Vancouver after cases were reported at Vancouver International Airport and Moody Park Pool in New Westminster.

In the case at Vancouver International Airport, the infected individual was on the following flights:

  • July 30: Air Canada flight 0004 departing from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) at 4:05 pm and arriving at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 9:25 am 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 pm and arriving at Portland International Airport (PDX) at 2:47 pm
  • Aug 6: Alaska Airlines flight 2536 departing Portland International Airport (PDX) at 9:45 am and arriving at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 10:55 am
    The infected traveller then boarded a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship from Vancouver on August 6 at approximately 4 pm.

More information on the virus is available on the BCCDC website.

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