(BURLINGTON, ON) – The Halton Region Health Department is investigating a confirmed case of measles involving an adult in Burlington that has led to potential exposures in public settings in Halton Region and neighbouring communities during the period of December 13th to 17th, 2018.
People who have visited any of the following locations may have been exposed to measles:
- Homewood Suites by Hilton Burlington, 975 Syscon Rd., Burlington
- Thursday, December 13 to Sunday, December 16, entire facility, 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Monday, December 17, entire facility, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Longos, 3455 Wyecroft Rd., Oakville
- Thursday, December 13, 12:30 to 3:15 p.m.
- Friday, December 14, 12:30 to 4 p.m.
- Saturday, December 15, 3 to 6 p.m.
- Cogeco, 950 Syscon Rd., Burlington
- Friday, December 14, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Outlet Collection at Niagara, 300 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake
- Saturday, December 15, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Gap, Calvin Klein and Guess stores.
- Amsterdam BrewHouse, 245 Queens Quay W., Toronto
- Sunday, December 16, 2:30 to 6 p.m.
If you or someone you know has visited recently travelled near these areas, you may have been in contact with the disease. The impact, so far, is estimated to be from Toronto to Niagara but could expand should an outbreak happen. Visitors to these locations during the times noted should do the following:
- Check your immunization records to make sure you and your children have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV). Your immunization record (yellow card) or your doctor can provide you with this information. Adults 18 years of age and older born in or after 1970 require one dose of measles vaccine; children 12 months to less than 18 years of age, health care workers and adults attending post-secondary institutions are required to have two doses; those born before 1970 are generally considered immune.
- If your immunization record is not up-to-date, contact your local public health unit. To find the public health unit in your area, visit phdapps.health.gov.on.ca/phulocator(external link).
- Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles and should contact Halton Region Health Department or their health care professional immediately for further assessment.
- Watch for symptoms of measles until 21 days after exposure. These include a high fever, cold-like symptoms (cough/runny nose); sore eyes or sensitivity to light; small spots with a white centre on the inside of the mouth; and a red rash lasting four to seven days.
- If you think you may have measles and need to see a doctor, you must call ahead to the doctor’s office, walk-in clinic or emergency department. This will allow health care staff to take the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection and protect others visiting the office, clinic or hospital.
“With a case of confirmed measles in our community, it’s imperative that residents protect themselves and their community against the increasing risk of infection by ensuring their measles immunization is up to date,” said Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Medical Officer of Health for Halton Region.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily through the air. Anyone who has not been vaccinated in the past with measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV) or who has not had measles in the past is at risk of infection.
For more information about measles, visit our Preventing Communicable Diseases webpage, call 311 or call the Halton Region Health Department at 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves 570,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, call 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at halton.ca.
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