Confirmed measles case in Canada

Measles vaccine

Niagara Region Public Health in Canada is investigating a confirmed case of an adult with measles who acquired the infection while travelling outside of the country. The health authority is urging all residents to ensure that their measles vaccinations are up to date.

It is believed that the person infected with measles passed through Pearson International Airport and attended a Grimsby hospital, which may have exposed the public to the virus. Niagara Region Public Health has published a list of public locations and said that any person who visited these locations should watch for signs and symptoms and ensure their vaccination is up to date as they may have been exposed to measles. Infection begins with a cough, runny nose, red watery eyes and a fever and after around four days a rash begins on the face and moves down the body.

The airline exposure locations on 22 February 2019 are: Departing Flight, Siem Reap, Cambodia on Cathay Pacific Flight #5249 at 11:20 am; Arriving Flight, Hong Kong, China, Cathay Pacific #5249 at 3 pm; Departing Flight, Hong Kong, China, Air Canada #16 at 4:30 pm; Arriving Flight, Toronto Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, Air Canada #16 at 6:20 pm; Toronto Pearson International Airport 6:20-9:30 pm. There is an additional exposure location on 27 February 2019 between the hours of 3 pm and midnight, which is West Lincoln Memorial Hospital, 169 Main Street E., Grimsby, Emergency Room and X-Ray Unit (first floor).

Residents and travellers to the area should be prudent to ensure they protect themselves from infection.