Multiple cases of measles have been confirmed throughout B.C. over the past few weeks and Vancouverites have started to become concerned about the illness spreading. TransLink BC has added to these concerns after announcing today that some commuters may have been exposed to the measles if they have used TransLink services. TransLink is now asking commuters to monitor their symptoms.
Earlier today, Translink BC tweeted about a measle case that they had discovered was present on their train. On February 15, anyone who was on the Canada line northbound or southbound from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. could have been exposed to measles.
Translink BC has not confirmed if this is a new case of the measles that has been discovered, or if it is a case that has already been reported. However, Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed that someone with a confirmed case of measles was onboard that train. They are now asking commuters that may have come in contact to monitor themselves for any symptoms.
Anyone who was travelling on this line on February 15 during these hours could have been exposed to measles. Commuters are being encouraged to monitor their symptoms for twenty-one days after exposure and to contact a doctor if any symptoms start to appear.
1/2 Anyone who was on Canada line northbound or southbound from 9 AM to 11:30 AM February 15 could have been exposed to measles and needs to monitor themselves for symptoms. If they have symptoms they need to call a doctor and public health immediately.— TransLink BC (@TransLink) February 24, 2019
2/2 Monitor for symptoms of measles for 21 days after exposure. The time to develop symptoms after being exposed is usually eight to 12 days, but can be as short as seven and as long as twenty-one days.— TransLink BC (@TransLink) February 24, 2019
If someone has been in contact with the measles they usually start to show symptoms after twelve days. However, some patients can show symptoms as early as seven days or as late as twenty-one days. This means anyone who was exposed should monitor themselves until around March 8.
TransLink is informing passengers that if they start showing symptoms they need to immediately call a doctor and public health. If there are any other questions that you have about the case, TransLink encourages you to contact Vancouver Coastal Health at 811.
Twelve confirmed cases of the measles have been recorded so far throughout Vancouver. These cases have led to a petition in attempts to make vaccinations mandatory for students and have even lead to some students going behind their parent's backs to get the measles vaccine.
Canada is also at risk for another measles outbreak as an unrelated case has been confirmed in the North West Territories.