The BC Centre for Disease Control (CDC) has released a public advisory after a passenger infected with measles landed in Vancouver on a China Southern Airlines flight.
The alert was issued on July 4th after the passenger in question travelled from New Delhi, India to Vancouver (Flight CZ 377) through Guangzhou, China (Flight CZ 3028).
People who were travelling on the same flight as the infected individual may have been exposed to the disease as measles is highly infectious and transmitted by airborne spread.
These people could then be travelling to other destinations within Canada, including Vancouver Island, and carrying the virus with them.
According to the alert, “the incubation period (time to develop symptoms after being exposed) for measles ranges from 7 to 21 days. If a traveller has been infected with measles from this event, symptoms would develop by about July 15.”
Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and a rash that starts centrally including on the face, then spreads to the limbs and lasts at least three days.
If you suspect that you or anyone you know has contracted the disease, call your doctor immediately.
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