Travelers warned about measles outbreak in B.C.

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 27, 2014 

Travelers are being warned about a measles outbreak just over the border in the Fraser Valley in British Columbia.

The number of confirmed cases in the Fraser Valley East communities totaled 237 as of Wednesday, March 26, according to B.C. public health officials.

People going to the area should make sure their immunizations are up to date, the Whatcom County Health Department warned in a news release.

The majority of cases is related to a private school with a high number of unvaccinated children, and the outbreak hasn't spread much beyond the Fraser Valley East communities.

County health officials don't expect it to be a problem here but have asked health care providers to be on the lookout.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that is spread primarily through coughing and sneezing.

Reach Kie Relyea at 360-715-2234 or kie.relyea@bellinghamherald.com .

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