Health officials have issued an alert after some travellers at Toronto Pearson Airport may have been exposed to measles.
According to Peel Public Health, the possible exposure took place on January 27, 2019.
People in the following areas of the airport on that day, may have been exposed:
- Lufthansa flight LH-470, from Frankfurt to Toronto (Pearson Airport, arrival at 4:08 pm)
- Air Canada flight AC-834 or LH-6829, from Toronto (Pearson Airport, departure at 6:00 pm) to Montreal
- Pearson International Airport (Terminal 1) on January 27, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Anyone who may have been exposed should do the following:
- Check your immunization records to make sure you and your children have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV). Your immunization record (yellow card) or your doctor can provide you with this information. Adults 18 years of age and older, born in or after 1970 require one dose of measles vaccine; children 12 months to less than 18 years of age, health care workers and adults attending post-secondary institutions are required to have two doses; those born before 1970 are generally considered immune.
- If your immunization record is not up-to-date, contact your local public health unit. To find the public health unit in your area.
- Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles and should contact their health care professional immediately for further assessment.
- Watch for symptoms of measles until 21 days after exposure. These include a high fever, cold-like symptoms (cough/runny nose); sore eyes or sensitivity to light; small spots with a white centre on the inside of the mouth; and a red rash lasting four to seven days.
If you think you may have measles and need to see a doctor, you must call ahead to the doctor’s office, walk-in clinic or emergency department. This will allow health care staff to take the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection and protect others visiting the office, clinic or hospital.