Toronto Public Health investigating confirmed case of measles

Jun 5 2018, 8:12 pm

The Toronto Public Health (TPH) is currently investigating a lab-confirmed case of the measles in an adult who recently travelled abroad.

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

Ukraine International Airlines flight, May 30

Flight PS423 departed from Boryspil International Airport in Kiev, Ukraine at 9:25 am and arrived at Tegel International Airport in Berlin, Germany at 10:35 am.

Icelandair flight, May 30

Flight FI529 departed from Berlin at 2:05 pm and arrived at Reykjavik International Airport at 3:40 pm.

Icelandair flight, May 30

Flight FI603 that departed from Reykjavik at 5 pm and arrived at Toronto Pearson International Airport in Toronto at 7:15 pm.

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 TPH hotline at 416-338-7600 or 311 after hours to discuss follow-up recommendations.

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

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