Measles on the
spreading into the general population
Released by Fraser Health Authority/File
photo Dr Paul Buynder, CMHO Fraser Health
Health is advising that measles cases now appear to be occurring in the
general communities of Chilliwack and Agassiz; outside of the previous
school and religious group areas.
Fraser Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer, Dr. Paul Van Buynder has
confirmed one child has been admitted to hospital to date. He reminds all
residents of Fraser East (Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison
Hot Springs and Hope) that the best protection against measles infection
remains two doses of measles vaccine.
“It is not necessary to attend a medical centre for testing to confirm
measles during an outbreak unless you are quite sick. We know there is
measles circulating and laboratory confirmation is not necessary. However,
if you are seriously ill, please see a doctor after warning them you are
coming,” said Dr. Paul Van Buynder, Chief Medical Health Officer, Fraser
Health in a release on Thursday.
Arrangements are being made to distribute increased measles vaccine to
general practitioners and pharmacies in the Fraser East region. Fraser
Health is requesting that older children and adults requiring immunization
access the vaccine through one of these health care providers.
Children under the age of 5 years are most at risk of serious disease and
need to obtain the vaccine from a general practitioner or a public health
Special vaccination clinics in Chilliwack and Agassiz are being organized
for early next week and announcements regarding their availability will be
made on the Fraser
People with symptoms of measles are asked to isolate themselves at home.
Anyone that is seriously ill is asked to contact their general practitioner,
public health unit, or emergency department prior to arriving in order to
prevent the spread of the disease to other vulnerable patients.
For further information about measles, visit the
BC Centre for Disease Control
About Fraser Health
Fraser Health provides a wide range of integrated health services to the
largest and fastest growing population in B.C. The health authority is
committed to improving the health of the population and the quality of life
of more than 1.6 million people living in communities from Burnaby to Hope.
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