Two new cases of measles confirmed on southern Vancouver Island
Island Health is confirming two new cases of measles infection on south Vancouver Island, bringing the total number in B.C. to 25.
The health authority said Saturday the source of the latest cases of measles are under investigation, but at this point do not appear to be related to the two cases confirmed last week.
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Island Health released a list of locations in Victoria where individuals may have been exposed, adding another location Sunday:
- April 2 between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Royal Oak Medical Clinic, located at 4442 Saanich Road
- April 2 between 1:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. at LifeLabs and West Coast Medical Imaging, located at 1641 Hillside Avenue
- April 3 between 1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at Royal Oak Medical Clinic, located at 4442 Saanich Road
- April 3 between 2:50 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at LifeLabs, located at 4480 West Saanich Road
If you were at any of these locations during these specified times and you are unimmunized or incompletely immunized, you’re advised to call the either the Saanich or Victoria health units.
Both clinics are open Sunday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and the measles vaccine will be available at both locations.
Other exposure to measles viruses may have occurred at the following locations, dates, and times, but Island Health says immunization will no longer prevent infection:
- March 27 between 1:30 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. at Camosun College Lansdowne Campus: Young Building
- March 27 between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Camosun College Lansdowne Campus: Bookstore in Fisher Building
- March 27 Afternoon to Early Evening; Transit Buses #27 and/or #2
- March 29 between 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Victoria Health Unit: 1947 Cook Stree
- March 30 between 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at London Drugs: 911 Yates Stree
- March 30 Late Afternoon to Early Evening; Transit Buses #27 and/or #28
- March 31 between 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at London Drugs: 911 Yates Street
- March 31 Morning and Afternoon; Transit Buses #27 and/or #28
- March 31 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. at Hillside Mall: 1644 Hillside Avenue (including Canadian Tire and Thrifty Foods)
- March 31 5:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Subway Sandwiches: 4091 Shelbourne Street
Island Health is asking people who may have been exposed to measles to monitor for symptoms for 21 days after the exposure date.
Symptoms of measles include fever, runny nose, sore throat, cough, diarrhea and red eyes, followed a few days later by a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the chest.
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The latest cases reported Saturday now bring the total number on Vancouver Island to five. Vancouver Coastal Health has confirmed 17 cases since February, while two cases were reported in 100 Mile House. A single case has been confirmed between Burnaby and Hope.
Vancouver Island Health says 3,500 immunizations have been administered in the area in the past five weeks, which is more than double from last year.
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For general information about measles and where to get vaccinated, visit the Island Health website.
With files from the Canadian Press
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