Toddler in Northern Ontario with No History of Travel Contracts Measles

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Toddler in Northern Ontario with No History of Travel Contracts Measles


Branswell, Helen, The Canadian Press


Measles outbreak moves to northern Ontario

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TORONTO - Measles have popped up in northern Ontario, in a toddler who had not travelled outside the region.

Local public health authorities are trying to figure out how the little girl, who is under two years of age, contracted the virus.

Neither she nor members of her family had recently been in Toronto, where measles cases have been occurring, said Jon Bouma, acting director of clinical services for the Algoma Public Health Unit.

The child lives in Elliot Lake, a city of about 11,000 people which is halfway between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie on the north shore of Lake Huron.

She is the 19th measles case recorded in Ontario since late January. The other cases have been diagnosed in the greater Toronto area and in the Niagara region. The cases from Niagara are believed to be linked to the Toronto outbreak.

Meanwhile, a separate outbreak in Quebec continues to grow, with 26 cases reported as of Tuesday, Pascale Lamy, a spokesperson for the Lanaudiere health region, said via email.

The Quebec cases are linked to the large Disneyland outbreak in California, which to date has sparked 133 infections in seven U.S. states. Lamy said 25 of the Quebec cases are known to be linked to the California outbreak. The source of the infection for the 26th person is currently not known.

Measles symptoms include a high fever, a bright red rash, a cough, a runny nose and red, watery eyes. Most people who contract it recover fully, though the virus can make some -- especially young children -- very sick.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says one in 20 children with measles will develop pneumonia. …

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