Measles cases linked to two French-language schools in Vancouver

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      A measles outbreak along the lines of what has hit southern Washington could conceivably develop in B.C.

      Today, Vancouver Coastal Health reported that a third measles case has been diagnosed in Vancouver.

      "Potentially affected people have been notified," the health authority stated over Twitter. "The person who 1st developed measles acquired it while traveling outside of North America.

      "The cases are not related to outbreaks in the US or Europe."

      Meanwhile, CBC News has reported that Vancouver Coastal Health has confirmed "multiple cases of measles at two French schools in the city of Vancouver".

      As of this writing, there's no mention of the connection of the measles to these schools on the health authority's website, Twitter, or Facebook accounts.

      The cases were reportedly found among people at École Secondaire Jules-Verne (5445 Baillie Street) and École Anne-Hébert (7501 Killarney Road).

      According to Vancouver Coastal health, measles is highly infectious, spreading through the air whenever an infected person coughs or sneezes.

      "This virus can survive in closed areas (e.g. a bathroom) for up to two hours after an infected person with measles was there," the health authority states on its website. "So people who are in the same air space during this two hour period can become infected. It can also be spread through sharing food, drinks or cigarettes or kissing a person with measles"

      It often appears as a rash on the face that spreads to the chest. In some instances, it can lead to brain damage and even death.

      There have been 54 reported cases of the measles in Washington this year, with 53 of those occurring in Clark County along the border with Oregon.

      There have also been four cases of measles in Oregon.


      Late Friday (February 15), Vancouver Coastal Health revealed that there have been eight confirmed cases of measles in Vancouver this week.

      One of the people infected visited B.C. Children's Hospital's emergency department, which means anyone in that area on the following dates could have been exposed:

      One of the individuals visited the BC Children's Hospital Emergency Department while they were infectious. Those who were at the emergency department on the dates and times below could have been exposed. 

      1. January 21: 10 a.m. to 6:10 p.m.

      2. January 23: 4:45 p.m. to 11:10 p.m.

      3. January 24: 8:13 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

      4. February 1: 2:05 p.m. to 6:55 p.m.

      "Most people in B.C. are immune to measles," Vancouver Coastal Health stated. "However, if you were at the emergency department during these times and do develop symptoms of measles, please contact your family doctor, or doctor at a walk-in clinic."