By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Vancouver Coastal Health Authorities are reporting a confirmed measles case in a Burnaby resident who traveled abroad to the Philippines.

Members of the public may have been exposed to measles if they were on Philippines Airlines Flight PR116, arriving in Vancouver on July 23rd, 2019, or if they spent any time at the following public locations between the specific times listed below:

Date Time Location
July 23, 2019 4:30 p.m – 7:20 p.m. International arrivals at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
July 23, 2019 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Park and ride shuttle YVR Airport

People who are at risk of getting measles are those who have never had measles disease and those who have not had two doses of a measles vaccine.

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Public Health will be providing free measles vaccine at the following locations to those exposed at the airport or on the flight who are at risk of getting measles:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health: City Centre Urgent Primary Care Centre, 1290 Hornby St, Vancouver (Hours: Mon.-Sat., 8 am to 10 pm; Sun, 9 am to 5 pm) Phone: 604-416-1811.
  • Fraser Health: New Westminster Public Health Unit, #218, 610 – 6th Street, New Westminster (Hours: Fri., July 26, 3 pm to 7 pm; Sat., July 27, 9 am to 4 pm) Phone: 604-807-1621.

For people exposed, they should monitor for any symptoms of measles that develop up to three weeks after being exposed. Symptoms of measles include fever, dry cough, runny nose, and red eyes; followed a few days later by a rash that starts at the hairline and spreads rapidly down to the rest of the body.

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If you develop symptoms of measles, please contact your health care provider before you visit them so they can take precautions to prevent spreading measles to others.