One of two new measles cases reported was in Vancouver daycare facility

The toddler at St. James Day Care contracted measles from a student attending one of two French-language schools where the outbreak began.

Two new cases of measles have been confirmed in Vancouver, one of which was reported at a Kitsilano daycare for toddlers.

The cases announced Thursday bring the total number of infections in the area up to 15.

According to Vancouver Coastal Health, one of the two cases was in a toddler attending St. James Day Care Centre, located at 3214 West 10th Ave.

VCH spokeswoman Tiffany Akins confirmed to Postmedia on Thursday that the toddler picked up measles after being exposed to an infected student at one of two French-language schools where the current outbreak originated.

“Anyone who was at the daycare when the confirmed case was infectious at daycare would have been asked to monitor for symptoms,” said Akins, who did not have information about the immunization rate of the daycare.

For an exposure map and timeline of measles in B.C., click here

When reached, St. James Day Care would not confirm or deny reports that a child at their centre had contracted measles, but did confirm that they had been instructed to refer questions on the matter to VCH.

The second new case confirmed Thursday is a person who had interacted with an infected individual at one of the two schools.

Of the 15 measles cases in the Vancouver area, 12 are related to the school outbreak that began after one child acquired the disease while travelling in Asia.

The health authority says the three other cases are unrelated to the school outbreak and were acquired while the people were travelling.

The authority says it’s possible that more cases might occur in people who were previously exposed, since the incubation period for measles is 21 days.

A nurse prepares a combined vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella Luke Hendry / Luke Hendry/Belleville Intellige


— With files from Denise Ryan, Canadian Press

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