Measles alert issued for 2 YVR flights

A statement issued by Vancouver Coastal Health Friday warned passengers who'd flown on Friday, Feb. 24 that a passenger had travelled through the city while infected with the virus.

A statement issued Friday warned passengers who flew February 24 may have been exposed to a traveller with the virus.

The arriving China Airlines Flight C-123 from Taipei landed in Vancouver at 6:10 p-m, while the departing WestJet Flight W-S-186 to Edmonton took off at 10:20 p-m. Passengers who passed through customs and immigration or the domestic terminal between 6:10 p.m. February 24 and 12:20 a.m. February 25 may also have been exposed. Alberta Health Services says anyone who was in the Edmonton International Airport in the subsequent hours - from 12:30 a.m.to 3:30 a.m. - may have also been exposed.

While AHS will be contacting passengers from the flight, anyone at the airport is being asked to call Health Link (811) for risk assessment.

Individuals are being asked to monitor themselves for symptoms of measles until March 18.

Those who experience symptoms such as a high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a blotchy red rash should stay home and call Health Link before visiting any health centre, AHS said.

The rash usually begins behind the ears and on the face before spreading down to the body and to the arms and legs.

AHS said measles is extremely contagious, and is spread easily through the air - there is no treatment, but it can be prevented through immunization.

  • Leroy Wright