Passengers of a Kelowna-bound Greyhound bus may have been exposed to an active case of tuberculous, prompting the B.C. Centre for Disease Control to issue a public health advisory.
The ill person took Greyhound bus No. 5098 from Vancouver at 5:45 p.m., Oct. 11. It arrived in Chilliwack at 7:45 p.m., left Chilliwack at 8:05 p.m. and arrived in Kelowna at 11:55 p.m., during the infectious stage of the disease. The individual is currently receiving treatment in Kelowna.
“The BC Centre for Disease Control, an agency of the Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver Coastal Health, Fraser Health and Interior Health are working in co-operation with Greyhound to ensure that all contacts of the passenger in question are identified, and appropriately screened,” read the warning that was issued Friday.
“Identified contacts deemed to be at risk of infection will be tested and, if necessary, offered preventative treatment.”
The entire route of Greyhound bus No. 5098 on Oct.11 was: Vancouver – Coquitlam – Langley – Abbotsford – Chilliwack – Hope – Merritt – Westbank – Kelowna bus depot.
Passengers who were on the bus may be at some risk of exposure. As passenger records are incomplete (not all tickets had full names or addresses), this public notification is to help ensure that those who may be at risk contact public health officials.
Persons in BC who were on this bus may call HealthLink BC at 811 to determine whether they need to be tested and for more information.