Possible Measles Exposure on Flight into Toronto Pearson International Airport on March 25, 2014
Brampton, ON. (April 6, 2014) – An additional exposure site has been identified during Peel Public Health's investigation into a confirmed case of measles in an infant from Brampton.
Passengers on Etihad Airways Flight 141 (EY141) that departed from Abu Dhabi International Airport and arrived at Toronto Pearson International Airport (Terminal 1) at 5:14 p.m. (scheduled arrival time 4:45 p.m.) on March 25, 2014 may have been exposed to measles during the flight. Peel Public Health is currently working in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to identify passengers who may require direct follow up.
"Passengers on Etihad Airways Flight 141 into Toronto on March 25 should check their immunization records to make sure they have had two doses of measles vaccine," said Dr. Eileen de Villa, Associate Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. "They should also watch for symptoms of measles until April 15."
Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily to those who are not immune or are vulnerable. Measles is contagious until four days after the red rash first appears. 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.
Passengers on Etihad Airways Flight 141 (EY141) on March 25 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 April 15 (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.
Previously released exposure sites related to this case include several health-care settings in Brampton during the period of March 27 – April 3, 2014. This case is not connected to the possible measles exposure at sites in Mississauga.
Concerned residents should visit Peelregion.ca/health for news and alerts about measles. Contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 for more information.
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.