On July 4, the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has issued an alert to inform the public of a case of measles. The individual was onboard a China Southern Airlines, on a flight that goes from New Delhi and Guangzhou to Vancouver.
The individual traveled from India to Vancouver on the China Southern Flight CZ 3028 on June 23 and Flight CZ 377 from Guangzhou to Vancouver on the same day. This is the flight information released by the BCCDC on their website:
“China Southern flight CZ 3028 from New Delhi to Guangzhou departing June 23 at 11:55 a.m. and arriving in Guangzhou on June 23 at 7:40 p.m.” The second flight is as follows:
“China Southern flight CZ 377 from Guangzhou to Vancouver departing June 24 at 12:50 a.m. and arriving at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on June 23 at 9:30 p.m.”
A statement from the BCCDC says that travelers on board of those two flights and those that traveled through YVR on Saturday could have been exposed to measles:
“Potentially exposed passengers or flight crew may have been travelling to other destinations including within Canada.”
A Highly Infectious Disease
The BCCDC has alerted through the Canadian Network for Public Health Intelligence the Canadian and Pacific Northwest public health officials:
“Measles is a highly infectious disease transmitted by airborne spread. Travellers on one or both of these flights are asked to check their immunization status. While it is expected that the majority of travellers will be immune to measles, some individuals may be susceptible, including infants less than one-year-old or people who have never been immunized against measles.”
The warning issued on June 4 explains why they’re still on alert: “the incubation period (time to develop symptoms after being exposed) for measles ranges from seven to 21 days. If a traveller has been infected with measles from this event, symptoms would develop by about July 15.”
If someone has symptoms of infection or suspects they have been infected, they should call the doctor as soon as possible. For more information, visit the BCCDC website.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.