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4 cases of measles confirmed in Toronto and Mississauga

CityNews | posted Friday, Mar 31st, 2017

Toronto Public Health (TPH) has confirmed three cases of measles, one of which was acquired outside the country and brought to the city.

TPH has identified an Emirates Airline flight that originated out of India, seven WestJet flights and the Caledonian Bar on College Street as places where members of the public may have been exposed to the virus.

The Emirates flight left India on March 19 and arrived in Toronto on March 20, with a stopover in Dubai.

On March 22, a WestJet flight left Abbotsford, B.C., and made stops in Calgary and Ottawa before ending up in Toronto.

On March 23, a WestJet flight out of Toronto went to Montreal; while on March 24, a flight from Montreal returned to Toronto.

Also on March 24, a WestJet flight from Toronto travelled to Turks and Caicos Islands before returning to Toronto later that evening.

Patrons of the Caledonian Bar at 865 College St. may also have been exposed to the disease on March 21.

TPH says a confirmed case of the measles has also turned up at Huron Street Junior Public School, near St. George and Bloor streets. Parents have been notified and vaccine clinics are being held at the school.

Meanwhile, health officials in Mississauga are also warning about measles exposure after a child came down with the virus.

Anyone who visited Cora’s restaurant at 4559 Hurontario Street on March 25th between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Ocean’s Grocery Store at 4557 Hurontario Street, also on March 25th, between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and the emergency room at Credit Valley Hospital on March 26th between 12:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. may have been exposed to the disease.

Peel Public Health says the child does not attend daycare or school.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily to those who are not immune or are vulnerable. Anyone who has not had two doses of a measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV) or who has not had measles in the past is at risk of infection. Infants under the age of one, pregnant women and people with weak immune systems are most susceptible.

While the risk of acquiring measles is low, TPH recommends the following:

  • Check immunization records to make sure all family members are up-to-date with the measles vaccination (MMR or MMRV). Contact your health care provider if needed. (Those born before 1970 are considered protected against measles.)
  • Make sure immunizations are up-to-date before travelling.
  • Monitor for symptoms of measles, including high fever, cold-like symptoms such as cough or runny nose, sore eyes or sensitivity to light and a red rash lasting four to seven days.
  • Anyone experiencing symptoms as described above should contact a health care provider as soon as possible and not attend work or school.


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