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Measles confirmed on recent Air Canada flight from Zurich to Toronto

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Mar 13th, 2018

FILE - This Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, file photo, shows boxes of the measles, mumps and rubella virus vaccine (MMR) and measles, mumps, rubella and varicella vaccine inside a freezer at a doctor's office in Northridge, Calif. On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, health officials announced that German measles (rubella) is officially gone from North and South America, the first region to rid itself of the disease. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Toronto Public Health says passengers on a flight originating in Switzerland may have been exposed to measles.

TPH is looking into a lab-confirmed case of measles in a passenger travelling on Air Canada flight AC 0879 from Zurich to Toronto on Mar. 6. The flight departed from Zurich Airport at 9:25 a.m. and arrived at Toronto Pearson International Airport at 12:07 p.m.

This is the second such incident in less than a month.

Public health officials confirmed a case of measles in an infant on a Feb. 12 Air Canada flight, also going from Zurich to Toronto.

Measles is highly contagious, and babies, pregnant women and people with weak immune systems are most vulnerable.

While the risk of contracting the virus is low, TPH is asking anyone who may have been exposed to ensure that their measles vaccinations (MMR or MMRV) are up-to-date. Further, even if your vaccinations are current, they advise to watch for symptoms which include high-fever, cough, sensitivity to light and a red rash lasting for four to seven days.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should avoid going to work or school. Before you go to see your healthcare provider, inform them that you may have been in contact with someone who has measles.

More information about measles can be found here.

With files from The Canadian Press


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