Person infected with measles spent hours in a Burnaby shopping mall

Some Burnaby shoppers may have been exposed to the measles virus, according to a news release from Fraser Health.

“A new case of measles infection has been identified in the Lower Mainland,” said the news release. “Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health have determined that the infection was acquired abroad. Public Health officials from both health authorities are following up directly with those who are known to have been exposed to the virus. The individual, who lives in the Fraser Health region, was in several public places while they were infectious.”

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Fraser Health listed off several locations where the infected person is known to have visited, but in Burnaby it was Lougheed Town Centre on Sunday, April 14, between 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

This is the 27th confirmed case of measles in the province to date this year.

Some travellers may have also been exposed if they were on the following flight, or if they spent any amount of time at the following locations between the specific times listed below:

Saturday, April 13, 2019

  • International Terminal at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) between 10:25 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Japan Airlines flight JL018 from Tokyo to Vancouver

Sunday,April 14, 2019

  • Ramada by Wyndham, 631 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam
  • Sun Star Restaurant (inside the Ramada) between 8:30 a.m. and noon

“If you were in any of these locations during the listed dates and times public health recommends you review your immunization history and watch for signs and symptoms of measles,” said the news release. “If you are unvaccinated, pregnant and/or immunosuppressed and you may have been exposed, consult with your physician. If you develop measles symptoms, please call ahead to your doctor's office and tell them that you think you may have measles to allow your doctor to take precautions to protect other patients for when you visit.”

Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, followed a few days later by a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the chest. Severe complications from measles can include pneumonia, inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), convulsions (seizures), deafness, brain damage, and death. People are infectious to others from four days before to four days after the rash starts.

“If you develop symptoms of measles before May 5th, 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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