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Brampton, January 15 (CINEWS): Peel Public Health officials are warning the public about a potential case of measles in a child from Brampton.
In a release, Peel Public Health says the child, who arrived in Canada from a measles-endemic country before becoming ill, could have exposed the public to the disease at several location in Brampton and Mississauga.
The child was at the following locations between January 1-5:
•Jan. 1, Emirates Airline Flight EK0605 from Karachi to Dubai to Toronto
•Jan. 1, Toronto Pearson International Airport Terminal One, 3:25 to 7:25 p.m.
•Jan. 3, Multi-Specialty Walk In Clinic, 21 Queensway West, Mississauga, 8 to 11 p.m.
•Jan. 5, Brampton Urgent Care Clinic, Springdale Square, Unit 8, 51 Mountainash Road, Brampton, 8 to 10 p.m.
•Jan. 5, Brampton Civic Hospital Emergency Department, 2100 Bovaird Drive East, Brampton, 8:45 p.m. on Jan. 5 to 3:45 a.m. on Jan. 6
“The virus can only live outside the body (e.g., on surfaces and door handles) for up to two hours, so people who visited these locations at other times were not exposed,” stated public health officials.
“Peel Public Health is working with the health care settings to identify and follow-up with anyone who visited the above locations during the times listed and may be at risk.”
Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily to those who are not immune or are vulnerable.
Peel advises visitors to the identified locations during the times noted should do the following:
Watch for symptoms of measles until 21 days after possible 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.
Concerned residents should contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or visit Peelregion.ca/health.