Confirmed measles case in Oakville prompts exposure advisory

Health officials in Halton Region are investigating a confirmed case of measles in Oakville, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP/The Wichita Eagle/Mike Hutmacher/File

Health officials in Halton Region are investigating a confirmed case of measles in Oakville, Ont., and are advising the public who have been exposed to certain public and health-care settings to monitor their health and to seek medical assistance if they show symptoms.

The Halton Region Health Department said the Oakville resident frequented a number of locations between March 21 and 29.

“With a case of confirmed measles in our community, it’s imperative that residents protect themselves and their community against the increasing risk of infection by ensuring their measles immunization is up to date,” Dr. Julie Emili, Acting Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region, said in a media release.

READ MORE: Toronto Public Health investigating 3 confirmed cases of measles, 1 case at TDSB school

Officials say the following locations may have been exposed to measles:

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Sheridan College
Tuesday, March 21
1430 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville, 6 –11:30p.m.

Sheridan College
(including the gym and campus Tim Hortons)
Thursday, March 23,
1430 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Walmart (Oakville)
Thursday, March 23
234 Hays Blvd., Oakville, 3:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Tim Hortons
Sunday, March 26
2355 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

White Oaks Pharmacy
Monday, March 27
360 Dundas E., Oakville 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Trafalgar Medical Clinic
(including the main foyer, the food court and LifeLabs in the basement)
Tuesday, March 28
1235 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville, 1:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Tim Hortons
Wednesday, March 29
2355 Trafalgar Rd., Oakville, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Health officials say anyone who has not had two doses of a measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV) or who has not had measles in the past is at risk of infection.

Allison McGeer, medical director of infection control at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, told Global News that the most important thing for people to be clear on is what their vaccine status is and to ensure they are up to date.

“That is particularly true with measles and mumps for people in the 18 to 35 age group because those are people in our previous program who only got one dose of the MMR vaccine —  that’s measles, mumps and rubella — and we know now that in order to maintain your immunity, you need two doses,” McGeer said.

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“And part of the reason we are having these clusters of disease in these young adults is because they just got one dose … So the important message is for 18-35-year-olds, saying please check your vaccine status [and] get your second dose of vaccine if you need it.”

Measles is highly contagious and spreads easily through the air. Symptoms include high fever, cold-like symptoms such as coughing or a runny nose, sore eyes, sensitivity to light and a red rash lasting four to seven days.

Toronto Public Health confirmed three cases of measles in the city on Thursday and Peel Public Health is investigating a confirmed case in a child from Mississauga.



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