York Region Public Health authorities are reporting a confirmed case of travel-related measles and have identified three places where people may have been exposed to the highly-contagious disease.
Anyone who visited the Southlake Regional Health Centre – Emergency Department in Newmarket on Sunday, April 14 from 5:30 p.m. to Monday, April 15 at 5:45 a.m. may be at risk.
Also at risk is anyone who visited the Fountain Medical and Wellness Centre – including the Rexall Pharmacy and waiting areas for Advanced Cardiology, Altima Wellness Centre and The Interventional Pain Specialists Clinic – in Richmond Hill on Wednesday, April 10 from 1:15 p.m. to 4:40 p.m. or Friday, April 12 from 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Public Health and the Health Centre are working together to notify individuals who may have been exposed during those dates and times. Anyone who visited Nando’s Restaurant in Richmond Hill on Wednesday, April 10 from 2:35 p.m. to 4:55 p.m. may also have been exposed to the disease and should check their immunization record to make they’re up to date with the measles vaccination (MMR or MMRV).
If you’re unsure if your vaccination is up to date, check with your health-care provider. Call in advance of your visit so s/he can make arrangements to reduce the risk of transmitting measles to others. Even if you are up to date, watch for symptoms – which include high fever, cough, runny nose, sore eyes or sensitivity to light, small spots in the mouth or throat and a red rash on the face or body – until May 6.
Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles and should call the York Region Public Health measles information line at 1-877-464-9675, ext. 77280. Visit york.ca/health to learn more about measles.
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