Health officials warn of possible measles exposure at Vancouver airport

The Saskatchewan Health Authority has confirmed a case of measles in Yorkton and is alerting those who may have been exposed to the highly infectious disease.

Yet another case of measles has been identified at the Vancouver International Airport, health officials announced today.

Two worldwide flights and a domestic flight - all on June 9 - are covered by the alert, which was also shared by the B.C. Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC).

It warns passengers on an Air China flight from Beijing that arrived in Vancouver at 10:50 a.m. that day and those aboard an Air Canada flight to Regina that left at 2 p.m. may have been exposed.

"Passengers on the above two flights or at the YVR location at the times indicated may have been exposed to measles", the agency said in a statement. The SHA is also issuing an exposure alert for those who were at YQR's arrivals and baggage area between 5 and 8 p.m.

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There is also an alert for anyone at the Yorkton Regional Health Centre from 5 p.m. on June 9 to 3:40 a.m. on June 10.

Passengers, crew and travellers who may have come into contact with measles are asked to check their immunization status.

Individuals born after 1970 should have received two doses of a measles vaccine (often given as combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, or MMR) to be protected.

Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles and should contact their health care professional immediately for further assessment. Those who were born prior to 1970 are likely to be immune due to prior measles infection. These include a high fever; cold-like symptoms (cough/runny nose); sore eyes or sensitivity to light; small spots with a white centre on the inside of the mouth; and a red rash lasting four to seven days.

If you develop symptoms of measles, please call your doctor's office first and tell them that you think you may have measles to allow them to take precautions to protect other patients when you visit.

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