CBC Radio News greeted me with this news when I got up, so I went straight to the website of the BC Institute of Technology: Single Case of Measles at Burnaby BCIT Campus. The complete statement and then a comment:
March 14, 2014 10:00 p.m.
On March 14, Fraser Health informed BCIT that a student attending classes at the BCIT Burnaby Campus on March 6 and March 7 in Building NE-1 has now been diagnosed with a confirmed case of measles.
The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are our top priorities and BCIT is taking this situation seriously. We are assisting Fraser Health as they take precautionary measures to notify everyone and provide the appropriate medical guidance.
All students and staff in classes affected have been notified and as a precautionary measure, we are notifying all students who attend the BCIT Burnaby campus.
If you develop a fever and cough or other symptoms that may be measles, you should stay at home and keep away from others who may not be immune. Contact your physician, who will advise you as to whether you should seek care in-person, or phone HealthLinkBC by dialing 8-1-1
Fraser Health indicates:
• Individuals with two documented doses of a measles-containing vaccine after 1 year of age are considered protected
• Individuals born before January 1, 1970 (January 1, 1957 for health care workers) are considered protected due to natural disease. No immunization is recommended.
• Individuals born on, or after January 1, 1970 (January 1, 1957 for health care workers) are eligible for 2 doses of measles-containing vaccine after 1 year of age.
If you are not protected against measles (as above), getting a dose of MMR vaccine will not protect you now against this exposure to measles, however it will protect you from future exposures. Please take the opportunity to review your immunization status.
If you do need to visit a clinic, it is best to call ahead so that you can be seen quickly and without infecting other people, since this infection can spread to susceptible people quickly in places like waiting rooms and emergency rooms.
Please read the entire Fraser Health Letter to ensure you are fully aware of how you can take steps to protect yourself from this illness both at BCIT and in the community at large.
If you require further information please visit http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile14b.stm or here for updates.
This seems to me a very sound communication strategy: As soon as you have confirmed cases of a contagious disease, notify both your own community and the larger community around you. Mount Cheam Christian School, where this outbreak began, evidently informed its own community, but hasn't said a word to the larger community that is now feeling the consequences of its anti-vaccination attitude.