Shoppers who visited the Toys R Us at Landsdowne Centre in Richmond recently may have been exposed to measles Vancouver Coastal Health has announced.
The infected case spent was in the store for 10 hours both on February 17, and 18, and there are reports that they are an employee at the store.
Over the weekend, Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) reported two new cases of measles, in addition to the 10 cases that were confirmed last Friday.
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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.
VCH shared the locations, dates, and times, that the infected cases occupied while in Vancouver, which included the Richmond Toys R Us.
Symptoms of measles:
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.
- Check your immunization records to make sure you and your children have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV). Your immunization record or your doctor can provide you with this information. Adults 18 years of age and older, born in or after 1970 require two doses of measles vaccine; children 12 months to less than 18 years of age, health care workers and adults attending post-secondary institutions are required to have two doses; those born before 1970 are generally considered immune.
- If your immunization record is not up-to-date, contact your local public health unit.
- Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles and should contact their health care professional immediately for further assessment.
- Watch for symptoms of measles until 21 days after exposure. These include a high fever, cold-like symptoms (cough/runny nose); sore eyes or sensitivity to light; small spots with a white centre on the inside of the mouth; and a red rash lasting four to seven days.