Two new measles cases passed through Vancouver airport

Feb 25 2019, 9:17 am

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has reported two new cases of measles, in addition to the 10 cases that were confirmed last Friday.

The health authority announced that in both incidents, the people acquired their infection while travelling out of the country. Both cases are unrelated to the outbreak involving Vancouver schools.

One of the individuals was travelling through Richmond and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) en route to Edmonton. The other lives in the VCH region and was on a flight from Manila, Philippines to Vancouver.

The possible exposure in Edmonton prompted a health warning from Alberta Health Services.

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VCH has also shared the locations, dates, and times, that the infected cases occupied while in Vancouver:

Date: Time:  Location:
February 11 Arrived in Vancouver at approximately 4 pm Philippine Airlines Flight PR 116, from MNL to YVR
February 11 4 to 7 pm YVR Airport, international arrivals and customs areas
February 11 5 to 7 pm (approx.) Shuttle Bus from YVR to La Quinta Inn, Richmond
February 12 8:30 to 10:30 am (approx.) Shuttle Bus from YVR to La Quinta Inn, Richmond
February 12 9 am to 12:30 pm YVR, Air Canada domestic departures area
February 16 6 to 10 pm Little Ongpin Restaurant, Richmond
February 17 11 am to 9 pm Toys R Us, Landsdowne Centre, Richmond
February 18 11 am to 9 pm  Toys R Us, Landsdowne Centre, Richmond

Anyone who was at any of the locations listed is asked to monitor themselves for symptoms for 21 days after the date of exposure.

Symptoms to watch for include fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, as well as a rash that begins on the face and spreads to the chest.

Anyone who develops symptoms is asked to contact their health care provider so that necessary precautions can be taken.

TransLink’s Canada Line, a McDonald’s in Squamish, and Scandinave Spa in Whistler have all been listed as public spaces where individuals may have been exposed to measles.

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