News

BCIT students exposed to measles after Chilliwack outbreak

A measles outbreak centred on Chilliwack has also resulted in exposure to thousands of students and staff at BCIT in Burnaby, where one student fell ill last week.

The student, who was exposed to the disease in Chilliwack, was at BCIT to take exams March 6 and 7.

Those exposed were advised to stay isolated at home until March 29 if they don't have documented immunizations, were born before 1970 or didn't previously have the measles.

Fraser Health officials said they expect higher immunization rates of around 85 per cent among BCIT students – compared to 60 to 70 per cent in some parts of the Fraser Valley – means a low risk of spread at the campus.

As of Tuesday, officials said there has been no significant measles spread outside of the eastern Fraser Valley, where 80 to 100 cases have been identified.

People who have had only one dose of measles vaccine rather than two are urged to get a booster dose as soon as possible.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

From 1 to 150, protecting Coquitlam residents
 
New superintendent chosen for Coquitlam school district
 
Province gives boost to Mossom Creek hatchery rebuild
Surrey enforcer killed on the weekend
 
UPDATE: B.C. legislature to get security scanner
 
Charleston development goes from highrise to five-storey condo complex
White Rock politicians endorse bigger pay boost
 
Storm knocked out power in parts of southwest B.C., delayed ferries
 
VIDEO: Christmas Greetings from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.