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For Immediate Release:
October 24, 2003

Peel Health Reports a Case of Rubella in a Brampton Student

(Brampton) – A case of rubella (German measles) has been identified in a student attending Mayfield Secondary School. The student is recovering. Immunization with MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine offers effective protection against rubella.

Children are given MMR vaccine on or after their first birthday. Students at Mayfield Secondary School who are not immune to rubella will be excluded from the school until the risk of disease has passed.

“Peel Health is investigating the origin of this illness. Cases of rubella are rare due to an effective immunization program. The last rubella illness in Peel was reported in 2001,” said Dr. David McKeown, Region of Peel Medical Officer of Health.

Rubella is a mild illness caused by a virus. Symptoms usually appear 14 – 21 days after exposure to a person with rubella and include swelling of the glands in the neck and behind the ears, a rash with small red spots, headache and a low-grade fever. Rubella spreads easily from person to person through respiratory droplets. A person can only spread rubella if he/she is ill with the disease. Anyone who has symptoms of possible rubella should see their physician.

Rubella can cause serious health problems in newborn babies of women who are exposed to the illness in their first trimester of pregnancy. However, pregnant women are usually screened for rubella as part of their prenatal assessment. Women who are planning to get pregnant in the next three months should make sure they are immune.

For more information about rubella, call Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or visit www.region.peel.on.ca/health-wellness.htm

Dr. David McKeown
Medical Officer of Health
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2215

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9 Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595 , e-mail



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