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.
— BCCDC (@CDCofBC) August 14, 2018
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:
- 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. The BCCDC says before you visit a clinic, call ahead of time to limit the number of other people exposed to the infection, and try to see the doctor at the end of the day.
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.