BRITISH COLUMBIA
03/24/2014 05:51 EDT | Updated 05/24/2014 05:59 EDT

B.C. Measles Outbreak: 228 Cases But It's Contained, Says Doctor

SURREY, B.C. - The Fraser Health Authority's top doctor is continuing to urge vaccination after 228 cases of measles were confirmed in British Columbia's eastern Fraser Valley.

Dr. Paul Van Buynder says many of the cases have been contained to the original community where the outbreak occurred and efforts to isolate and contain the measles virus appear to be working.

The outbreak was first declared March 8 in a region east of Vancouver where immunization rates were low in school and religious groups.

The health authority then warned the virus was spreading and confirmed early last week that a student from BCIT in Burnaby, B.C., was infected.

But Fraser Health says it has also been working with schools, community groups, churches and medical officials to control the virus and it has set up dedicated immunization clinics.

Van Buynder says those efforts are paying off because the virus is not multiplying beyond the specific population where it broke out.

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