Brampton, ON. (April 4, 2014) - Peel Public Health is investigating a confirmed case of measles in an infant from Brampton. Members of the public may have been exposed to measles in a number of health-care settings in Brampton during the period of March 27 - April 3, 2014.
People who have not had two doses of a measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV) or who have not had measles in the past are at risk of infection. This case is not connected to the possible measles exposure at sites in Mississauga.
Anyone who was in the following places DURING THE TIMES LISTED may have been exposed to measles. The virus can only live outside the body (e.g., on surfaces and door handles) for up to two hours, so people who visited these locations at other times were not exposed.
- March 27, Muslim Community Services (third floor) and all common areas in the building at 150 Central Park Dr., Brampton, 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
- March 31, King’s Cross Walk-In Clinic, 17 Kings Cross Rd., Brampton, 3 - 8 p.m.
- April 1, King’s Cross Walk-In Clinic, 17 Kings Cross Rd., Brampton, 6 - 8 p.m.
- April 2, MCI Medical Clinic: The Doctor’s Office -Bramalea City Centre, 25 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, 2:30 - 7:30 p.m.
- April 2-3, Brampton Civic Hospital (Emergency Department), 2100 Bovaird Dr., Brampton, 5 p.m. (April 2) - 3 a.m. (April 3)
Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily to those who are not immune or are vulnerable. The virus is spread to others through coughing and sneezing. Measles is contagious from the time symptoms start until four days after the rash first appears.
Visitors to the identified locations during the times noted should do the following:
- Check your immunization records to make sure you and your children have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV). Your child’s immunization record (yellow card) or your doctor can provide you with this information. Two doses of measles vaccine are recommended for anyone born after 1969.
- Watch for symptoms of measles until 21 days after possible exposure. These include a high fever; cold-like symptoms (cough/runny nose); sore eyes or sensitivity to light; small spots with a white centre on the inside of the mouth; and a red rash lasting four to seven days.
Anyone who shows symptoms should call their health care provider immediately and tell them they have been exposed to measles and feel unwell. DO NOT go to any medical facility without telling them before the appointment that you have been in contact with someone who has measles.
Concerned residents should visit Peelregion.ca/health for news and alerts about measles. For more information, contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700. The phone line will be open on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to answer your calls.
The Region of Peel serves more than 1.3 million people and approximately 88,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the town of Caledon. Call the Region of Peel at 905-799-7700 or visit peelregion.ca/health for more information.