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Toronto Public Health investigating confirmed case of measles

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Ainsley Smith May 07, 2018 12:23 pm 745
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The Toronto Public Health (TPH) is currently investigating a lab-confirmed case of the measles in an infant who recently travelled abroad.

The City of Toronto is advising the public they may have been exposed to the measles in the following settings:

Saudia Airlines flight, April 29

Flight SV0759 departed from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India at 8 pm and arrived at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at 11:05 pm on April 29.

Saudia Airlines flight, April 30

Flight SV0061 departed from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia at 3:40 am and arrived at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto at 9:45 am on April 30.

Pediatric Outpatient Services, May 4

Pediatric Outpatient Services, 4th floor, Humber River Hospital, 1235 Wilson Avenue, from 9 am to 2:30 pm on May 4.

Those who may have been exposed are advised to do the following:

1. Check your immunization record to make sure you and your family members are up to date with the measles vaccination (MMR or MMRV). If you are unsure, please check with your healthcare provider. In general, those born before 1970 are considered protected against measles.

2. Even if you are up to date with your measles vaccine, watch for symptoms of measles. These include a high fever, cold-like symptoms (cough/runny nose), sore eyes or sensitivity to light, and a red rash lasting four to seven days.

3. If you have not had two doses of measles vaccine and you were born after 1970, a dose of vaccine is recommended to prevent the infection. This is only effective if given within three days of the exposure.

4. Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles. These individuals are encouraged to call the city’s hotline at 416-338-7600 or 311 after hours to discuss follow-up recommendations.

In addition, some people may have been exposed at Pediatric Outpatient Services at Humber River Hospital on May 4 between 9 am to 2:30 pm. If you are susceptible to measles (you have not had two doses of vaccine or you haven’t had measles in the past), a dose of vaccine is recommended to prevent the infection.

TPH clinics will be held on the following dates and locations:

  • Monday, May 7, from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, Committee Room 1 and 2, located at 399 The West Mall
  • Tuesday, May 8, from 2 pm to 7 pm at the Etobicoke Civic Centre, Committee Room 1, 2 and 3 located at 399 The West Mall

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily to those who are susceptible.

 

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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