Potential measles outbreak on Westjet flights between Abbotsford, Calgary, and Ottawa

Mar 31 2017, 4:42 pm

Three lab-confirmed cases of measles have been reported in Toronto, according to a City of Toronto press release sent out Thursday evening.

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Toronto Public Health (TPH) says members of the public may have been exposed to measles in a number of settings, including from flights within Canada.

One Calgary bound flight and one flight leaving Calgary on Wednesday, March 22 have been flagged, both operated by WestJet.

The inbound flight, WestJet flight WS450, departed Abbotsford, BC at 5:49 am and arrived in Calgary at 7:50 am on March 22.

The other flight, WestJet flight WS610, departed Calgary at 10:15 am and arrived in Ottawa at 3:47 pm.

Anyone who was on the flight experiencing cold-like symptoms should contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible and not attend work or school.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily to those who are not immune or are vulnerable. Anyone who has not had two doses of a measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV) or who has not had measles in the past is at risk of infection, states TPH. Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles.

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