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Measles warning: Travellers at YVR potentially exposed

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June 13, 2019 - 4:01 PM

KAMLOOPS - Passengers who flew from or into Vancouver and Regina airports on June 9 are being urged to monitor their health and check their immunization records after someone with measles flew to the cities.

Measles is an airborne infection that is highly contagious, although most adults and children have vaccinations. Some infants under the age of one and people who are not vaccinated are at risk of catching the disease. Airline crew, passengers, and people who were in the airports may have come in contact with the disease.

The BCCDC says that the infected passenger went through customs at about 10:50 a.m. in the Vancouver airport and then headed to Regina. These are the flights the infected passenger took:

  • June 9: Air China Limited flight CA 0991 from Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) at 3:25 p.m. landing in Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 10:50 a.m.
  • June 9: Air Canada flight AC 8572 departing from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 2 p.m. and landing in Regina International Airport (YQR) at 5 p.m.

Measles is a highly contagious airborne disease that can cause symptoms including a fever, cough, a runny nose, red eyes and a rash that usually starts on the face and spreads to the limbs.

Those who believe they may have been affected are urged to check their immunization records and contact their doctor to set up an appointment. It is urged they set up a private appointment as to not infect others in the waiting room.


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