The increase in measles morbidity in the south state of Washington should not be a reason for the inhabitants of northern BC unless you are in the area. The outbreak is mostly in Clark County and mainly affects unvaccinated children.
The bait is infectious before people develop fever and rash.
"It is possible to infect someone who does not know that they have measles," explains infectious disease and immunization service medical director at BC Disease Control Center, Dr. Monika Naus. "You don't need to share accessories or kiss. Just be in the same airspace that can contain relatively public spaces. We have had measles transmissions in British Columbia, such as Vancouver Airport and public places where people shouldn't be aware that they are been in contact with the measles.
Although there have been no instances of BC as a direct result of this current outbreak, this does not mean that people should not take precautionary measures. Naus said: "If there are adults who have not completed their measles vaccine series, they must absolutely take the opportunity to get vaccination, especially if they travel abroad or, right now, to Clark County."