Via Fraser Health, an April 28 news release: Historic Measles outbreak declared over: Importance of keeping up with immunization schedules. Excerpt:
Fraser Health today announced the end of the measles outbreak in Fraser East. Dr. Paul Van Buynder, Fraser Health Chief Medical Health Officer, said the number of transmissions and new cases has vastly been reduced, and while occasional cases may still be seen, the outbreak response in Fraser Health is now coming to a close.
“The size of, and speed at which, this outbreak spread resulted in more cases of measles than the province has seen in the past 15 years, and was the largest outbreak in almost 30 years,” says Dr. Paul Van Buynder, Chief Medical Health Officer for Fraser Health.
“National Immunization Awareness Week is an important time to remind parents how quickly these diseases can come back, and that vaccinations are your best shot at protecting your children from these preventable illnesses.”
In a four-week period, the Fraser region had over 400 cases of measles with some patients requiring hospitalization. Although measles has been eliminated in Canada, it is still common in other countries, and cases of measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases are introduced to Canada on a regular basis. Your best protection against becoming ill, or worse, is being immunized against these infections.
Mount Cheam Christian School, where the outbreak began because many of the parents don't believe in vaccination, still has no mention of measles on its website.