Fraser Health issued a warning Friday for all residents and health-care professionals to be alert for measles after several individuals in the were recently diagnosed with the disease.
There are currently four confirmed cases of measles in communities across Fraser Health (Burnaby, Surrey, Abbotsford and Chilliwack), and several more additional cases have symptoms consistent with measles, according to the notice.
While most cases of measles occur from travellers bringing measles back from another country, of concern is that most of these cases have no known exposure to measles. All cases were either unimmunized, incompletely immunized, or did not know their immunization status, emphasizing the importance of being fully immunized.
The Fraser Health Authority is currently investigating the cause of the measles outbreak, to determine if the cases are linked.
Individuals are urged to contact their regular health care provider, their local health unit or their pharmacist to receive the free vaccination.
Anyone who suspects they may have measles should immediately contact their doctor by telephone first, or call HealthLink BC at 811.
Physicians are reminded to immediately report suspected cases of measles to public health authorities.
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