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Possible measles exposure in two Alcona locations April 1

Apr 10, 2014
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is investigating a confirmed case of measles in an adult in Simcoe County. Anyone who visited the following two locations in Alcona on April 1, 2014 during the times listed may have been exposed to measles

SIMCOE MUSKOKA – The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is investigating a confirmed case of measles in an adult in Simcoe County. Anyone who visited the following two locations in Alcona on April 1, 2014 during the times listed may have been exposed to measles:

  • Sobeys, 2080 Jans Blvd. Innisfil, April 1, between 12:30 and 3:00 p.m.
  • Wild Wing, 1070 Innisfil Beach Road, April 1 between 12:30 and 4 p.m.

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

Visitors to these locations during the timeframe noted should check their immunization records to ensure that they and their children 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 adults born before 1970 are assumed to be immune because of previous measles infection.

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 22, 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.

Anyone displaying symptoms 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.

For more information call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, hours are extended to 8 p.m. tonight, or visit www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.  

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