Toronto's public health says it is investigating a laboratory case of measles in an adult who has acquired the infection in another country.
The audience may have been exposed to the measles virus on March 20 in Vaughan Mills, 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr., between 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm
Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily to these , which are susceptible. Anyone who did not have two doses of measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV) or had no measles in the past is at risk of infection. Children under the age of one, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems may become ill with measles
"We know that measles continues to circulate routinely in communities. As a result, we know that now is a good time to remind residents to check their immunization status, as many people have recently traveled abroad for holidays in March, "said Dr. Eilin de Villa, a medical specialist in Toronto. Our staff follows our routine practice to contact people who may have been exposed in public places, but if you worry that you or a member of your family may have been exposed to measles, please talk to your healthcare provider. "[1
He says that all people 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 against measles vaccinations (MMR or MMRV). If you are not sure, please consult your doctor. Generally, those born before 1970 are considered to be protected against measles.
2. Even if you keep up with your measles vaccine, watch out for measles symptoms. These include fever, cold-like symptoms (coughing / runny nose), sore eyes or light sensitivity and red rash lasting from four to seven days.
3. If you did not have two doses of measles vaccine and were born after 1970, a dose of the vaccine is recommended to prevent the infection. This is only effective if given within three days of exposure.
4. Babies under 1 year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune system can get measles
These people are encouraged to call the TPH hotline at 416-338-7600 or 311 an hour to discuss follow-up recommendations.
People are reminded that measles virus is spreading in many countries and that they need to check if they are protected against measles before traveling.