PRINCE GEORGE. The increased incidence of measles in southern Washington should not cause concern to people in northern British Columbia, unless you are heading to the area. The outbreak is localized mainly in Clark County and mainly affects unvaccinated children.
Measles is contagious before a person has a fever and a rash.
"It is possible to get infected from a person who does not know that he has measles," explained the medical director of the Infectious Disease Control and Immunization Service at the Center for Disease Control BC, Dr. Monica Naus. “You don't need to share the dishes or kiss. Just being in the same airspace, and this may include relatively public areas. We have had measles transmissions in British Columbia, for example, at Vancouver airport, and in public places where people cannot know that they have been in contact with the case of measles. "
Although there has not been a single case in British Columbia that is a direct result of this outbreak, this does not mean that people should not take precautions. Naus said: "If there are adults who have not yet completed the full cycle of measles vaccination, they should definitely take the opportunity to get the vaccine, especially if they are going abroad or, right now, to Clark County."