The agency said the spike in the number of cases came after European nations reached an estimated coverage rate of 90 percent in 2017 for the second dose of the measles vaccine - the highest rate ever.
Health officials have confirmed there's been one case of measles in Vancouver.
The health authority last released a measles alert in September, when a person who was infected attended the Skookum Festival.More news: Athletic Bilbao hold Barcelona at San Mames
The latest case is not believed to be linked to an outbreak of measles in the state of Washington, Hussain said.
The report comes as both Canada and the United States face another year of measles outbreaks such as one now underway in Washington State and OR, where support for anti-vaccination has been notable. As of Saturday, 54 cases had been confirmed.
Measles is highly infectious and spreads through air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, according to the Vancouver Coastal Health. Complications can include inflammation of the brain, convulsions, deafness, brain damage and death. It causes fever, red eyes, cough, runny nose and a rash.More news: Google rolling out Chrome 72 with bug fixes, newer features
More than 82,000 people in Europe contracted the virus, which killed 72 people.
"So it is clear in the law that we need to mobilize the entire government machinery, as well as our partners in the health sector, to inform the public that immunization is provided for free by the government, that it is safe, and that this is needed to protect the lives and health of children all over the country", Nograles said. Children born after 1994 in B.C. got two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR), but people born before that time or outside of B.C. may not have recieved both doses.
Vancouver Coastal Heatlh recommends anyone who isn't sure on their immunization or disease history to be vaccinated. In Italy, where the current governing coalition had pledged to drop a law banning children without vaccination from starting pre-school (the coalition has since reversed its position), health officials have declared a 'measles emergency, ' as nearly one quarter of all measles cases in Europe in 2017 were reported in Italy.More news: Georgiev’s 55 saves to help Rangers end Maple Leafs win streak
The agency said there have been large measles outbreaks reported across Europe which have affected many countries.