British Columbia

SkyTrain, bus passengers may have been exposed to measles as new case confirmed in Lower Mainland

A new case of the measles infection has been identified in the Lower Mainland, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 22 this year.

Infection was acquired abroad, and person infected travelled on public transit on March 27

Vancouver commuters may have been exposed to the measles virus on SkyTrain's Expo Line or the 323 bus on March 27. (Peter Scobie/CBC)

A new case of the measles infection has been identified in the Lower Mainland, bringing the total number of cases in B.C. to 22 this year.

According to Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health, the infection was acquired abroad and is unrelated to the outbreak of measles in Vancouver.

The person used public transit while they were infectious. If you were in the following locations on March 27, you may have been exposed:

  • The 323 bus between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m.
  • The Expo line between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m.
  • The lobby and elevators at 666 Burrard Street in Vancouver and the Ascenda School of Management, at the same address, between 8:55 a.m. and 2:05 p.m.

If you were at these locations and develop symptoms of measles, please call your doctor's office so that may book you at a time that will ensure you don't expose others.

According to a statement from Fraser Health, 5,768 doses of the MMR/MMRV vaccine have been administered since mid-February, compared to 2,882 over the same period in 2018.

Measles is an infectious disease that spreads through the air. It is highly contagious and close contact is not needed for transmission. (Sean Holden/CBC)

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