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Sixth person diagnosed with measles in Toronto

Four of six measles cases are related, public health says
A dose of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine is shown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Damian Dovarganes

TORONTO –  A sixth person has been diagnosed with measles in Toronto, since Toronto Public Health declared an outbreak Monday.

Toronto Public Health declared an outbreak Monday when it revealed that four people – all of whom had not received their full vaccination against the disease – were diagnosed with measles. The agency announced Thursday that a fifth person, a fully vaccinated adult, was also diagnosed with the infectious disease.

The sixth person is an adult, and it’s not known whether they were vaccinated.

Measles vaccinations are administered through one shot at 12 months of age and a second between four and six years of age. The vaccinations are considered 95 per cent effective.

Two of the six patients are children under the age of two. A Main Street Technologies poll released Friday suggested 58 per cent of Torontonians think parents should not be able to keep their kids from being vaccinated.  The poll, which surveyed roughly 3,022 people, also found that 20 per cent of them thought vaccines could cause autism, while a further 19 per cent neither agreed nor disagreed with the statement.

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