The wave of measles cases in southern Washington state should not be a concern for northern BC residents unless you are going to the area. The outbreak is located in most of Clark County and primarily affects unvaccinated children.
Measles is infectious before people develop fever and rash.
"It is possible to be infected by someone who does not know they have measles," said Dr. Monika Naus, MD, director of the Immunization and Communicable Diseases Service at BC's Center for Disease Control. "You do not need to split utensils or kisses – just be in the same airspace and this may include relatively public areas." We have had measles transmissions in British Columbia such as Vancouver Airport and in public spaces like one where people can not be aware of that they were in contact with a measles case. "
Although no case has emerged in BC as a direct result of this current outbreak, this does not mean that people should not take precautions. Naus said, "If there are adults who are not complete in their measles vaccine series, they should absolutely take the opportunity to get vaccinated, especially if they are traveling overseas or currently to Clark County."