Confirmed measles case may lead to exposures in Oakville

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Confirmed measles case may lead to exposures in Oakville
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An investigation of a confirmed case of measles by the Halton Region Health Department may lead to additional cases in Oakville. The case of measles involves a Burlington adult. The person was contagious between December 13 to 17, 2018. 

This is a highly contagious disease. It spreads easily through the air. Anyone who has not been vaccinated with MMR or MMRV in the past, or who has not had measles in the past is at risk of infection.

In Oakville the infected person visited the Longo’s located at 3455 Wyecroft Road on:

  1. Thursday, December 13th from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  2. Friday, December 14th from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  3. Saturday, December 15th from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

This store is located just east of Burloak Drive.

Protect you and your family check your immunization records (yellow card) or with your doctor. Make sure you and your children had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV).

Additional Facts:

  1. Adults 18 years of age and older born in or after 1970 require one dose of measles vaccine.
  2. Children 12 months to 18 years of age, health care workers and adults attending post-secondary institutions must have two doses.
  3. People born before 1970 are generally considered immune.

If your immunization record is not up-to-date, contact your local public health unit. To find the nearest public health unit, visit phdapps.health.gov.on.ca/phulocator.

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Infants under the age of one, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill. They should contact Halton Region Health Department or their health care professional immediately for further assessment.

Measles symptoms:

  1. a high fever
  2. cold-like symptoms (cough/runny nose)
  3. sore eyes or sensitivity to light
  4. small spots with a white centre on the inside of the mouth
  5. a red rash lasting four to seven days

The possible incubation period is 21 days.

If you think you may have measles see a doctor,  but you must call ahead. Why? At the doctor’s office, walk-in clinic  or emergency department, the health care staff takes the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infecting more people.

“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,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region.

Additional resources

Visit Halton Region’s  Preventing Communicable Diseases webpage, call 311 or call the Region’s Health Department at 905-825-6000, toll-free 1-866-442-5866.

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