There are now 17 cases of measles in B.C., the latest of which is located in the Fraser Valley and is linked to the Vancouver outbreak.
The most recent case was confirmed Wednesday in a Fraser Valley resident, according to Fraser Health medical health officer Aamir Bharmal. The individual had been exposed to one of the infected measles patients in the outbreak originating at two Vancouver schools.
“This individual was isolated since their exposure and there is no concern relating to public exposure at this time,” Bharmal said in an emailed statement.
He also confirmed there is no measles outbreak at any Fraser Health-area schools and no known measles exposure in Fraser Health’s coverage areas.
Bharmal said Fraser Health is aware of rumours there may be a measles outbreak at Tri-City schools, but there has not been any confirmation from school officials or a health authority.
“We continue to advise individuals who have any of the symptoms of measles, such as a fever or rash, to call 811, their health care provider or public health for guidance on follow-up care,” he said.
“We also remind everyone to ensure their immunizations are up-to-date.”
Of the other 16 cases, 15 are located in Vancouver. It is unclear where the 16th case is located or when it was confirmed.
Twelve of the 15 Vancouver cases are directly linked to an outbreak that began at École Jules‐Verne and École Rose-Des-Vents, after a student contracted the disease during an overseas family trip. The remaining three cases were acquired while travelling but not linked to the school outbreak.