The BC Centre for Disease Control has confirmed that Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has been linked to a case of the measles. Not only was the infected person connected once, but they actually travelled through the airport twice earlier this summer.
The infected individual was previously travelling in Tokyo before coming back to Vancouver originally. They then set off to Portland and Alaska, also boarding a Norwegian Cruise Line voyage that also had passengers put at risk of contracting the measles.
The centre has warned that passengers on any flights or the cruise line could have been affected by the disease. Measles is known for travelling quickly and poses a major threat to those who do not have up to date vaccinations or any vaccinations at all.
The flights that pose a risk for spreading measles are July 30's Air Canada flight 0004 between Toyko and Vancouver, July 30's Air Canada Jazz flight 8125 from Vancouver to Portland, and Alaska Airlines flight 2536 from Portland to Vancouver on August 6.
A major issue with measles making their way into Vancouver's airport is the high amount of traffic that sweeps through the terminals every single day. Vancouver International Airport is literally one of the biggest and busiest airports in all of Canada. Due to the contagious nature of the disease, it's worrisome that others could be affected.
Symptoms of measles can range from light sensitivity to cold-like symptoms, and high fevers. The disease is easy to detect once the red rash appears and can actually last anywhere from four to seven days.
While North America was actually declared measles free as of 2016 by the World Health Organization, Canada still endured 60 measles cases in 2017. If you develop any symptoms that could be related to measles and have been in contact with the airport over the last month, make an appointment with your doctor immediately.