B.C. records 27th case of measles as traveller returns from Japan

VANCOUVER — Another case of measles has been recorded in B.C., bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 27.

Officials with Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health say the latest case involves a Metro Vancouver resident who returned to Vancouver International Airport on April 13 aboard a Japan Airlines flight from Tokyo.

A news release from the health authorities says the patient acquired measles while abroad, but was in several places around the Lower Mainland while infectious.

It says unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated travellers may have been exposed if they were on flight JL018 on Saturday, or if they visited the Ramada Hotel in Coquitlam, its restaurant or the Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby on Sunday.

This marks the eighteenth case of measles confirmed in the Vancouver area since February.

Cases have also been recorded on Vancouver Island, in the Fraser Valley and in 100 Mile House in the south Cariboo region.

Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes followed by a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the chest.

The infectious period begins four days before the rash starts and continues for four days after it appears.

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