VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A Burnaby man has been diagnosed with measles, making this 30 people throughout B.C. with the virus this year.
Fraser Health Medical Health Officer Dr. Aamir Bharmal says this latest case involves a person who travelled from the Philippines.
Travellers on Philippine Airlines Flight PR116 arriving in Vancouver on July 23 are now being warned they may have been exposed to the virus.
“They flew into YVR airport earlier this week,” says Bharmal. “And we are putting this information out there because people may have been exposed to measles primarily at the airport.”
#Breaking: Fraser Health is confirming another case of measles in the Lower Mainland. This case is from a Burnaby resident who travelled to the Phillipines. If you were at the Park & Ride Shuttle at YVR or International Arrivals at YVR on July 23rd, you could have been exposed.
— Taran Parmar (@Tarankparmar) July 26, 2019
Measles is a virus that can live outside of the human body for a number of hours.
“I know that with the airport, that there are thousands of people that would potentially be exposed,” says Bharmal. “I think it’s important to note that it is people who would have been at the international arrivals terminal on July 23 between 4:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m.”
He adds the person also used a parking shuttle to get to the lot.
Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health both have clinics open. The City Centre Urgent Primary Care Centre in Vancouver and the Public Health Unit in New Westminster are open with vaccine doses.
“Our advice here is people should be protected. The best way to get protected is by immunization which is both safe and effective.”