In research outlined today in The Journal of Infectious Diseases, scientists at the University of British Columbia and the B.C. Centre for Disease Control used genetic sequencing to trace the 2010 measles outbreak, linking it back to an influx of visitors during the Winter Olympics.
In the largest measles genomics project to date, the scientists performed DNA sequencing for 27 different measles viruses. They discovered that two different strains of the virus were brought into the Vancouver area during the Olympics, sparking the first cases of measles in the province since 2007. In total, 82 cases of measles were recorded in March and April of 2010.
Read the full news release here.