June 19, 2019 10:55 am

Public Health warning about measles case in Laval

A case of measles has appeared in Laval.

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Quebec health officials are warning anyone who was in certain sectors of Laval recently that they may have been exposed to measles.

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Authorities say a person suffering from the infection visited several locations on Thurs., June 13:

  • Walmart Laval Sainte-Dorothée (700 Autoroute Chomedey) from 1:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Common areas and stores near Door 2 of Carrefour Laval between 2:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Measles, which is highly contagious and can be deadly, is spread through sneezing, coughing and breathing.

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Symptoms include rash, high fever, runny nose, cough, and red or watery eyes. Complications include blindness, severe respiratory infections, and encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.

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Officials are also advising people to check that they are properly vaccinated against measles.

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Quebecers are considered protected if they have already had a confirmed case of measles or if they have been vaccinated, which varies according to year of birth.

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Public health notes anyone who is not protected should immediately contact their doctor or local CLSC. The vaccines are free, safe and efficient.

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