Peel Public Health investigating a case of measles in a child who recently traveled abroad

A child who recently traveled abroad has been confirmed to have measles, says Peel Public Health (PPH).

HPP said: in a press release issued Tuesdayis investigating the case and has contacted known contacts who may have been exposed to the highly contagious disease.

The local health agency also released the following six locations in Mississauga where the public may have been exposed.

PPH says measles is easily transmitted to those who are not vaccinated and have not previously had measles.

Symptoms begin to appear between seven and 21 days after infection. They may include high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, watery eyes, sensitivity to light, and a red rash that lasts four to seven days.

PPH recommends anyone who believes they may have been exposed to review their vaccination record, watch for symptoms and contact their healthcare provider.

“A reminder to anyone planning international travel to a destination with high levels of measles to ensure they are vaccinated against measles,” PPH said, noting that all Ontarians are eligible to receive two doses of the vaccine funded by public funds. measles vaccine.

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)As of January 27, there have been two cases of measles in the country in 2024, one of which was in Ontario. PHAC said the case involved a vaccinated adult who acquired the infection while traveling outside the country.

In 2023, there were 12 confirmed cases of measles in Canada. PHAC issued a level 1 global health advisory for measles, reminding travelers to practice health precautions at their destination.

In the advisory, PHAC said measles outbreaks are occurring in all regions of the world.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries may have delayed measles vaccination campaigns. “This increases the risk of larger outbreaks worldwide,” the advisory said.

“Most measles outbreaks in Canada are the result of returning travelers who were infected abroad.”

In 2022, measles infection rates increased 18 percent globally from the previous year, deaths attributed to the disease increased 43 percent in that period, and 37 different countries reported large or disruptive outbreaks. according to recently published data from the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

With files from Charlie Buckley of CTV News


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