Epidemic Hazard – North-America – Canada

EDIS Number: EH-20120325-34642-CAN
Date / time: 25/03/2012 16:07:23 [UTC]
Event: Epidemic Hazard
Area: North-America
Country: Canada
State/County: Province of British Columbia
Location: [METRO Vancouver]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: 32 person(s)
Number of Missing: N/A
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: N/A


With as many as 32 confirmed cases of whooping cough having been detected across the Vancouver Coastal Health region in January this year, the officials have expressed the apprehension that the outbreak of the disease in Fraser Valley is apparently spreading into Metro Vancouver. Since the reported whooping cough cases in Metro Vancouver this January is at least three-fold higher than the usual number of cases for this time period of the year, Vancouver Coastal Health is now offering free vaccinations to pregnant women as well as their partners, and also to all other people who have children aged less than 18 months. According to the information shared by the officials at Vancouver Coastal Health, the free vaccine is available at the offices of family doctors, public health clinics and a few pharmacies. Noting that the measures for protecting the residents of the Vancouver Coastal Health region against whooping cough have been accelerated of late, Dr. Patricia Daly - the chief medical health officer for Vancouver Coastal Health - said that the move has been undertaken in the wake of the fact that there has been an increase in the number of cases in the region since last week. With the coughing bouts caused by whooping cough likely to turn to severe illness, lasting for months, Dr. Day said that the health officials have been "closely monitoring" the whooping cough cases in Metro Vancouver ever since the December outbreak of the disease in Fraser Valley.

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