Quebec Public Health expands list of possible measles outbreak sites

Jul 16 2019, 3:14 pm

Quebec’s health ministry has expanded the province’s list of potential measles outbreak sites after another exposure of the highly contagious disease occurred on July 12.

The updated list follows warnings that two people who were contagious with measles may have exposed others at a dozen locations around Montreal.

Measles symptoms include a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and rashes all over the body.

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“Cases of measles were reported in the greater Montreal area since June 2019,” reads the warning on Quebec’s Public Health website. “People who are considered contagious visited several public places.”

People who visited the following places at the times indicated may be considered at risk of exposure.

Exposure locations Exposure date and times Time limit for preventative treatment Time limit for monitoring symptoms
McDonald’s Restaurant – 2895 boulevard de la Concorde Est, Laval July 12, 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm As soon as possible before July 19 July 30
Parc Safari Hemmingford July 12, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm No preventive treatment July 30
Pharmacie Pharmaprix – 1768, boulevard des Laurentides, Laval July 11, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. As soon as possible, before July 18 July 29
Pharmacie Jean-Coutu – 2065, boulevard des Laurentides, Laval July 11, 11:30 am to 1 pm As soon as possible, before July 18 July 29
Piscine St-Vincent – Centre de la Nature de Laval July 10, 10 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 2:30 pm No preventive treatment July 28
Centre de la nature de Laval July 9, 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm As soon as possible, before July 16 July 27
Pharmacie Proxim – 5020, boulevard des Laurentides, Laval June 29, 10:30 am to 11:45 am Period ended July 17
Pharmacie Daniel Pilon (affiliated with Brunet) – 1110, boulevard Vanier, Laval June 29, 9 am to 11:15 am Period ended July 17
CF Carrefour Laval – Corridor and common areas near entrance 2 June 26, 4 pm to 9:30 pm Period ended Period ended
CF Carrefour Laval – Second Cup café near entrance 2 June 26, 4 pm to 9:30 pm Period ended Period ended
Dollorama, 2077 – boulevard des Laurentides, Laval June 26, 4:50 pm to 6:20 pm Period ended Period ended
Pizza Pita Décarie –
6415, boulevard Décarie Montreal
June 26, 4 pm to 6 pm Period ended Period ended
STL 70 bus, which left Cartier metro station at 3:18 pm in the direction of Montmorency metro station June 26, 3:30 pm to 5 pm Period ended Period ended
Laval Excellence gymnastics club – 1555, boulevard Martin Est, Laval June 26, 12 pm to 4:30 pm  Period ended Period ended
STL 20 bus, which left Cartier metro station at 12:22 pm in the direction of the Notre-Dame/Montgolfier terminus (Chomedey) June 26, 12:15 pm to 1 pm  Period ended Period ended
STL 70 bus, which left Montmorency metro station at 11:07 am in the direction of Cartier metro station, Laval June 26, 11:30 am to 12:15 pm Period ended Period ended
Restaurant L’Œufrier – 1702, boulevard des Laurentides, Laval June 26, 7 am to 8:40 am Period ended  Period ended

Exposure periods are determined based on the time a contagious person spent at the location, with an extra hour added to take into account any virus that stays in the air.

The province’s health agency urges people to call Info-Santé 811 if you have symptoms.

The following people are considered protected against measles, as per the website:

  • People born before 1970.
  • People who have serology showing antibodies to measles.
  • People who have a medical certificate confirming that they had measles before January 1, 1996.
  • People who have written evidence of vaccination against measles. The number of doses required to consider people protected varies:
    • Two doses:
      • people born after 1980;
      • people born between 1970 and 1979 who are interns or health care workers, travellers or military recruits.
    • One dose: people born between 1970 and 1979 who are not interns or health workers, travellers, or military recruits.
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