More Measles Exposure Sites Identified in Brampton (March 28 – April 1, 2014)
Brampton, ON. (April 8, 2014) – Two additional exposure sites have been identified during Peel Public Health’s investigation into a confirmed case of measles in an infant from Brampton. Members of the public may have been exposed to measles in these community settings in Brampton on March 28 and 31, and April 1, 2014.
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 28, Muslim Community Services (first floor) and all common areas in the building at 150 Central Park Dr., Brampton, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- March 31, Kings Cross Pharmacy (adjacent to Kings Cross Walk-In Clinic), 17 Kings Cross Rd., Brampton, 3 – 8 p.m.
- April 1, Kings Cross Pharmacy (adjacent to Kings Cross Walk-In Clinic), 17 Kings Cross Rd., Brampton, 6 – 8 p.m.
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.
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 for 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 and a flight into Toronto Pearson International Airport during the period of March 25 – 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.