Measles alert: did you fly from Beijing to Vancouver March 3? Or were you at YVR then?

Passengers on a flight from Beijing to Vancouver could be at risk of getting measles. An individual who was on Air China flight CA991 from Beijing arriving in Vancouver March 3rd at 9:30 a.m. developed symptoms of measles after their arrival. This person was infectious during the flight.   
Anyone on this flight, or who was in the international arrivals area at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) around 9:30 a.m. March 3rd, should make sure they are up to date with their measles vaccinations. Those who are not fully immunized can get a vaccine for free at their doctor’s office, local Public Health unit or at a walk-in-clinic.
What to watch for until March 24, 2016:

  • fever
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • conjunctivitis, or pink eye
  • a red rash

People who develop these symptoms should see a doctor. Please call your doctor’s office before you go, and tell them that you think you or your child may have measles. This will allow your doctor to take precautions to protect other patients. Please also call VCH Public Health at 604.675.3900 to report your illness.
For more information: http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/measles-alert-did-you-fly-from-beijing-to-vancouver-march-3-or-were-you-at-yvr-then