Brampton, March 25 (CINEWS): Peel Public Health is investigating a confirmed case of measles in a child from Brampton that travelled to a measles-endemic country. India perhaps? According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, since 2010, ten cases of measles have been reported in travellers who arrived in the country from India, the last case was reported in January 2015.
Officials say the public may have been exposed to the highly contagious virus at several locations between, March 12 to 17.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily to those who are not immune or are vulnerable. Anyone that has not had two doses of a measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV) or has not had measles in the past is at risk as are infants, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles.
Anyone that was in the following places during the times listed may have been exposed to measles:
- March 12: Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Temple, 32 Regan Rd., 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- March 12: Walmart Brampton South Supercentre, 15 Resolution Dr., 2 to 6 p.m.
- March 12: Shoppers World Brampton, 499 Main St. S. at 3 to 7 p.m.
- March 14: Dr. Anis Fatima’s office, Shoppers World Medical Centre & Walk-In Clinic, 499 Main St. S. 5:30 to 9 p.m.
- March 16: Dr. Anis Fatima’s office, Shoppers World Medical Centre & Walk-In Clinic, 499 Main St. S. from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- March 16: Brampton Civic Hospital (emergency department), 2100 Bovaird Dr. E. from 6:50 p.m. until 12 a.m.
- March 17: Brampton Civic Hospital (emergency department), 2100 Bovaird Dr. E. midnight to 11:35 a.m
Peel Health is advising residents that fear they may have been exposed to:
•Check immunization records to make sure you and your children have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV). Your child’s immunization record (yellow card) or your doctor will have this information.
• Watch for symptoms of measles until 21 days after possible exposure. Symptoms 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.
Peel Public Health is working with the health officials to identify and follow up with anyone that may be at risk.
Anyone showing symptoms should call their health care provider immediately and tell them they have been exposed to measles and feel unwell.
Do not go to any medical facility without telling them before the appointment that you have been in contact with someone who has measles.
For more information, contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.