Photo of Barrie office building
print header

News Release

Update: Single confirmed case of measles in Simcoe County

Apr 11, 2014
A single confirmed case of measles has been identified in a patient who recently visited two locations in Alcona and various outpatient departments at the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital. Anyone in these locations during these time frames may have been exposed to measles.

­­­JOINT PRESS RELEASE: Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

SIMCOE COUNTY — A single confirmed case of measles has been identified in a patient who recently visited two locations in Alcona and various outpatient departments at the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital. Anyone in these locations during these time frames may have been exposed to measles.

On April 1, 2014 the patient visited:

  • Sobeys, 2080 Jans Blvd. Innisfil, between 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • Wild Wing, 1070 Innisfil Beach Road, between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

On April 2, 2014 the patient visited: 

  • The Collingwood General and Marine Hospital’s Central Registration and Diagnostic Imaging, between 1 p.m. and  4 p.m.

 On April 4, 2014 the patient visited:

  • The Collingwood General and Marine Hospital’s Emergency Department waiting room, main Emergency Department and Diagnostic Imaging,  between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

While the risk to the public is low, particularly for those visiting the hospital locations, anyone in these areas at these times is advised to check their immunization records to ensure that they have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV). This information can be found on the yellow immunization card, or can be provided by your family physician. People who have not had two doses of the measles vaccine, and who have not had measles in the past are at risk of infection. Most people born before 1970 are assumed to be immune because of previous measles infection.

Visitors or patients to these areas who have weakened immune systems (for example chemotherapy patients or those taking immune suppressing drugs) or those who are pregnant, should also follow up with their family physician to confirm their vaccination status.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is offering measles immunization clinics today, Friday April 11, 2014, to those who think they may need to be immunized, at the following health unit locations:

Cookstown:  2-25 King Street South, Cookstown

Collingwood: 280 Pretty River Parkway, Collingwood

Barrie: 15 Sperling Drive, Barrie

All clinics are offered between the hours of 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., and 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Please bring your yellow immunization card with you. Those who have already received two measles immunizations (MMR or MMRV) are considered fully immunized. 

Those who were at the locations listed above outside of the times listed were not exposed, as the virus can only live on surfaces outside the body for up to two hours.

Anyone displaying symptoms should NOT come to the immunization clinics. They should call their health care provider and tell them that they have been exposed to measles. DO NOT go to your health care provider’s office/medical clinic/hospital without letting them know you think you may have measles, so that they can take precautions to prevent spreading it to others.

Measles is a contagious virus that spreads easily, particularly to those who are not immune or are vulnerable. People should watch for symptoms after possible exposure until April 25, 2014. Symptoms are cold-like and include cough and fever, sore eyes that may be sensitive to light, a red rash that lasts for up to five days and sometimes small white spots on the inside of the mouth.

Health Connection, the health unit’s information line at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, has extended hours tonight, April 11, to 8 p.m. For more information on measles and measles vaccine, please see www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.  

-30-

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) is an accredited public health agency that offers a wide range of programs and public health services focused on promoting and protecting health, and preventing disease, disability and injury. These programs and services are funded by municipal and provincial tax dollars. The Board of Health governs the affairs of the health unit and oversees agency operations. Our work is guided by our Vision, Mission and Values. These core elements are integrated into our Strategic Plan to support the work we do on a daily basis.

Collingwood G&M Hospital (G&M) is a 72-bed hospital located in Collingwood, Ontario (approximately 90 minutes north of Toronto) that serves more than 60,000 permanent residents and over four-million annual visitors to the communities of Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Clearview and the Blue Mountains. The G&M is an acute care hospital providing emergency care, diagnostic services including lab, imaging and cardio respiratory therapy, as well as two inpatient units (medicine and surgery). In addition, the G&M also provides care in specialty areas including obstetrics, orthopaedics, intensive care and surgery. The Hospital also provides outpatient care including dialysis and a wide range of clinics including mental health and rehabilitation services. The G&M continues to provide care close to home for our community and plays a key role as an integrated orthopaedic centre for our region.  For more information please visit our website at www.cgmh.on.ca and our Foundation website at www.cgmhf.com.   

Did you find what you were looking for today?
What did you like about this page?
How can we improve this page?
Page
Feedback

If you have any questions or concerns that require a response, please contact Health Connection directly.

Thanks for your feedback.
Failed to submit comment. Please try submitting again or contact us at the Health Unit.
Comment already submitted ...