Measles outbreak in British Columbia

A medical provider I know in B.C. has sent me information about the newly discovered measles outbreak north of the border.

Measles warning issued at Metro Vancouver high school . It’s the third recent case of measles in Metro Vancouver after cases were reported at Vancouver International Airport and Moody Park Pool in New Westminster.

Travelers are being alerted to one case of measles in an infectious individual who traveled through Vancouver International Airport (YVR) twice in recent weeks.

Flight information:
  • July 30: Air Canada flight 0004 departing from Tokyo’s Narita International Airport (NRT) at 4:05 p.m. and arriving at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 9:25 a.m.  The passenger with measles was at YVR prior to boarding the next flight.
  • July 30: Air Canada Jazz flight 8125 departing Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 1:50 p.m. and arriving at Portland International Airport (PDX) at 2:47 p.m.
  • Aug 6: Alaska Airlines flight 2536 departing Portland International Airport (PDX) at 9:45 a.m. and arriving at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 10:55 a.m.
The individual also traveled on a cruise ship to Alaska:
  • Aug 6: Norwegian Cruise Lines (voyage number 2018080806), departed Vancouver at 4 p.m. with a destination of Seward, Alaska.

For more on this story, go to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control web site.

http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/news-releases/2018/yvr-measles-alert-aug-14

 

Romania has massive measles outbreak

A warning for all you parents in Jefferson County that have not immunized your children!

Romania is experiencing a massive outbreak of measles that began last year. As of March 21, at least 3,800 cases of measles, including 17 deaths, have been confirmed and rates in surrounding countries have risen. Measles vaccination is about 97% effective in preventing the disease. “Herd immunity” (prevention of widespread transmission) occurs when when coverage is 90%-95%, but the higher the better. Romanians became susceptible to epidemic spread because the rate of 2-dose immunization dropped from 96% in 2007 to 86% in 2015. The factors influencing the drop are poverty, neglect, and the spread of anti-vaccine sentiments. Romania is one of six nations in the European Union or European Economic Area judged by the World Health Organization to still have endemic transmission of the vaccine-preventable disease. The others are Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, and Poland. The Respectful Insolence Blog has a detailed analysis of what happened in Romania.