Confirmed case of measles in Brampton

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This week Peel Public Health is investigating a confirmed case of measles in an adult from Brampton who had recently travelled abroad, the authorities have not identified the country the person has visited but are warning other people who may be at risk.

Peel Public Health says anyone who was in the following places at the mentioned times may have been exposed to measles:
• Feb. 9, Sheridan College Library – Davis Campus, 12-5 p.m.
• Feb. 9, Brampton Transit, Route 104 Chinguacousy Express, 4-7 p.m.
• Feb. 9, Guardian Sheridan Pharmacy, 373 Steeles Ave. W, 2-5:30 p.m.

“The virus can only live outside the body on surfaces and in the air for up to two hours, so people who visited these locations or used these services at other times are not at risk” Peel Public Health said in a statement.

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Visitors to these locations during the times noted should check your immunization records to make sure you and your children have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV), Peel Public Health stated. Your child’s immunization record (yellow card) or your doctor can provide this information.

Two doses of measles vaccine are recommended for anyone born after 1969.

Peel Public Health also warned residents to watch for symptoms of measles for 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.

“Do not go to any medical facility without calling in advance and telling them you have been in contact with someone who has measles,” Peel Public Health warns.

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Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily to those who are not immune or are vulnerable. Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles, according to Peel Public Health.

Residents who are travelling internationally should always check their immunization status with their doctor prior to travel.

Last year 35 people have died of measles across Europe and the World Health Organization warns that vaccination remains crucial to stopping the spread. There were 3,300 cases of measles have been reported in Italy alone since June 2016.

2015: The United States experienced a large, multi-state measles outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. The outbreak likely started from a traveler who became infected overseas with measles, then visited the amusement park while infectious; however, no source was identified.

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Concerned residents should visit Peelregion.ca/health for news and alerts about measles. For more information, contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. -CINEWS

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