Earlier today I posted an item citing this report from Fraser Health: Measles Outbreak in Fraser East. It contained this paragraph:
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.
In the Fraser Valley, the communities with "traditionally low immunization rates" tend to be fundamentalist Christian. I checked the websites of the Chilliwack public school district and found no mention of an outbreak. Nor was there a mention on the websites of four Christian private schools in Chilliwack.
It does seem odd that a school would fail to notify its community of such an outbreak.
A measles outbreak in Wales last fall named the affected school, and last spring a British public-health director said independent schools might be "reservoirs" of measles. (The independent schools instantly shot back.)
When a Texas megachurch was the centre of an outbreak last summer, it announced the fact promptly despite their own anti-vaccination bias.
So why should our health authorities be so reticent about informing their communities on the origin of this current outbreak?