Second measles case of the year reported in B.C.

Postado Fevereiro 11, 2019

VCH spokesperson Shaf Hussain told CTV News the person was diagnosed on Thursday, which is when VCH was informed.

Seventy measles-infected individuals nationwide have died as of Sunday evening, an official of the Department of Health said.

The health authority last released a measles alert in September, when a person who was infected attended the Skookum Festival.

The latest case is not believed to be linked to an outbreak of measles in the state of Washington, Hussain said. As of Saturday, 54 cases had been confirmed.

Domingo said their health workers are personally urging parents to have their children vaccinated through house-to-house visits. If you're susceptible and you haven't been vaccinated, you can be in a room two hours after somebody with measles left and still catch it.

An estimated 700 people, majority opposed to stricter requirements, lined up before dawn in the cold, toting strollers and hand-lettered signs, to sit in the hearing, which was so crowded that staff opened up additional rooms to accommodate the crowd.

Children older than 12 months of age, and adults without a history of measles, not pregnant or planning to become pregnant in 4 weeks and with no allergic reaction to a previous dose of measles-containing vaccine, are advised to get a dose of monovalent measles, MR or MMR. However, those born before 1970 are likely immune.

Vancouver Coastal Health recommends vaccinations.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control tracks child immunization and reports that 82.1 per cent of children aged seven had been immunized for measles in 2018, compared to 88.4 per cent in 2017 and 90.2 per cent in 2016.

Public health officials in Vancouver have said the latest case of measles there is not connected to the outbreak in Washington state, where 53 cases of the virus have been reported in Clark County since the start of the year, with one more in King County and four others in neighbouring Oregon.

The agency said there have been large measles outbreaks reported across Europe which have affected many countries.