Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Travel-Related Measles Case Confirmed in Toronto, Others May Have Been Exposed

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Travel-Related Measles Case Confirmed in Toronto, Others May Have Been Exposed

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Travel-related measles case confirmed in Toronto

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Toronto Public Health is investigating a confirmed case of measles and warning that some people may have been exposed to the highly contagious virus.

Dr. Vinita Dubey, the city's associate medical officer of health, said Tuesday the case involves an unvaccinated infant under 12 months of age whose parents sought medical care for the child after the family recently returned home from a trip abroad.

For privacy reasons, TPH is not identifying the family, the infant's exact age or sex, or what country was visited.

While the family did travel through Pearson International Airport, the infant was not showing any symptoms of measles and was deemed not to have been contagious at the time.

Because of the incubation period, no one in the airport or on the flight to Toronto was at risk of contracting the virus, Dubey said.

"So this infant was exposed either at the source country or through travel ... and the symptoms only develop seven to 21 days later, so you can travel, be exposed, but be incubating and not be contagious," she said.

The infection begins with cold-like symptoms -- fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes -- so doctors may not recognize it as measles, especially because there is a gap between those signs and onset of the rash, said Dubey.

The infant's rash started on Feb. 26, about a week after the family returned home, she said. The parents took their child to a health clinic that day, followed by a return visit two days later, then sought care at a Toronto hospital's emergency department, potentially exposing staff and patients in both locations to the disease.

TPH says those two locations are: Huntingdale Medical Centre on Feb. 26 between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., and Feb. 28 between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and the Scarborough Health Network, Birchmount site, Feb. 28 between 5 p. …

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