A single confirmed case of measles has been identified in a patient who recently visited two locations in Alcona and at Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. Anyone in these locations during these time frames may have been exposed.
People who were at the following sites during these times should check their family’s vaccination records:
Those who were at these locations outside of the times listed were not exposed, as the virus only lives on surfaces outside the body for up to two hours.
Anyone who has received two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV), or who has had measles in the past, is immune from the disease. Most people born before 1970 are assumed to be immune because of previous measles infection.
Others should watch for signs and symptoms of illness up to April 25 and stay away from work or other locations if they feel ill. It takes up to 21 days after exposure for symptoms of measles to show.
Anyone in doubt about their vaccinations should connect with their health care provider.
If you have symptoms you should call your health care provider and tell them you have been exposed to measles. DO NOT go to your health care provider’s office, clinic or hospital without first letting them know you think you may have measles. This allows them to take precautions to prevent spreading it to others.
Measles is a very contagious disease. It can spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can stay in the air and be picked up as long as two hours after the infected person has left the room.
Symptoms of measles include:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes and sensitivity to light
- A red, blotchy rash that appears three to seven days later
The measles rash spreads from the face to the body over three days and will last about five days. Those who do get sick usually recover without treatment, but measles can be more severe for infants, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.
For more information, please call Health Connection, Monday to Friday, at 1-705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520. Health Connection has extend hours tonight, Monday April 14, to 6 pm.
The most effective protection is the measles vaccine. The health unit's measles vaccine fact sheet provides details.
Measles spreads easily. As many as 90% of people exposed to someone with measles will catch it themselves. Learn the symptoms and more.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is monitoring the cases of measles and providing updates.
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(Electron micrograph of measles virus courtesy Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta)