100 suspected cases

SURREY: The Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO) of Fraser Health is warning residents living in Fraser East communities (Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack, Agassiz, Harrison Hot Springs and Hope) of a measles outbreak in low immunized areas of the region.

The most recent exposure to this highly contagious virus has occurred in a school in Chilliwack in a community with traditionally low immunization rates.  Two confirmed cases of measles have been reported and Fraser Health is following up on dozens of linked suspected cases.

Fraser Health’s Public Health teams are currently conducting investigations into the measles outbreak in Fraser East and instituting control measures.

The most effective protection against the virus is two doses of the vaccine which is free to all those born in or after 1957.  Residents are encouraged to contact their regular health provider to receive the vaccination.