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Measles alert: infected person travelled through YVR, took cruise

Last Updated Aug 14, 2018 at 9:31 pm PDT

A nurse loads a syringe with vaccine for injection in Victoria, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004. As Quebec health officials deal with a measles outbreak affecting 119 people, a new study says Canada needs a national database to help prevent and deal with future incidents.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Summary

Infected person passed through YVR, spend time in Vancouver, left on Alaska cruise

BCCDC says if you think you're infected, visit a doctor

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – There’s a possibility you may have been exposed to measles if you took a flight in or out of Vancouver in late July or early August.

Someone with the infection flew in from Tokyo, made a trip to Portland, and took a cruise from Vancouver to Alaska.

On July 30th, the person flew from Tokyo to Vancouver on Air Canada flight 0004 and then transferred to Air Canada Jazz flight 8125 heading to Portland. About a week later on August 6, the persontook Alaska Airlines flight 2536 leaving PDX and returning to YVR.

They then boarded a Norwegian Cruise Lines ship (voyage number 2018080806) for Seward, Alaska.

If you were on any of the flights or on the cruise you could have been exposed to the illness. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Rash that starts centrally including on the face, spreads to the limbs and lasts at least three days

 

The BC Centre for Disease Control says symptoms within seven to 21 days of exposure so if you’ve become sick, symptoms would develop by about August 27.

If you think you are sick, you should see a doctor.

“Call ahead so that the centre can make previsions to see you promptly or if it is in an emergency area to put a mask on you and take you straight through to proper isolations,” said Monika Naus is the medical director for the BC Centre for Disease Control.

Those most at risk of catching the measles are those who are completely unvaccinated against the disease, like babies younger than a year old.

Those who are concerned about their potential measles exposure but have no symptoms can call 8-11 and speak to a nurse.

-With files from Martin MacMahon