Canada: Measles case confirmed in London, Ontario


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Middlesex London Health Unit and Southwestern Public Health are investigating following laboratory confirmation of an individual who tested positive for measles.


The individual lives in London and works in Woodstock. Investigators concluded that the individual contracted his disease while traveling outside of Canada.

After they returned, they had limited contact with others during the time they were infectious. These calls took place at the London Medical Clinic on Wednesday 15 February between 8:00 am and 10:00 am. and during night shifts at Nova Steel, in Woodstock, Thursday, February 9th and Sunday, February 12th between 10:00pm and 8:00am

The Middlesex-London Health Unit is contacting people who were in the medical clinic at the time of the case, directly, while Southwestern Public Health is asking anyone who worked night shifts at Nova Steel on February 9 and 12 to contact them for a follow-up. -up and next steps.

Public Health was notified of this case late Friday afternoon. We have been able to identify their potential contacts and follow up on these people to ensure they are aware of the situation and to prevent further spread of disease,” says Dr Alex Summers, Medical Officer of Health at the Middlesex London Health Unit. “We are alert to the arrival of diseases of public health importance in the Our community and this situation highlights that our system works.

“Measles is highly contagious. If you were exposed at Nova Steel on February 9/10 or 12/13, please monitor for symptoms yourself. If you have not been fully vaccinated with two doses of measles-containing vaccine, and have not had measles in the past, or if you develop symptoms, Please call Southwestern Public Health at 1-800-922-0096 and ask to speak to a public health inspector on call. Our goal is to contain the spread and protect the most vulnerable,” says Dr. Ninh Tran, medical officer of health for Southwestern Public Health.

Health units are reminding the community to be aware of the signs and symptoms of measles and to know their immunization status to ensure that immunizations are up to date and that they have optimal protection against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases.

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Measles is spread through the air. Complications can include pneumonia, ear infections, brain infections, other infections, and, in rare cases, death.

Individuals who have received a measles-containing vaccine, who have previously had measles, or who were born before 1970 are generally protected from infection. Health care workers, students at post-secondary educational institutions, and individuals under the age of 18 must receive two doses of the measles-containing vaccine to be protected.

Those considered most likely to develop measles infection are individuals born in 1970 or later who:
• You have not received a measles vaccine.
• You have not had measles in the past.

• Fever, cough and runny nose
• Redness and irritation of the eyes and sensitivity to light
• The appearance of small white, gray or blue spots in the mouth
• A red and blotchy rash, which is the last symptom to appear. The rash appears on the face and then spreads over the body and begins to fade after about a week.

If you develop symptoms:
• Stay home and do not allow others to visit for at least four days after the rash appears
• Depending on where you live, call the Middlesex-London Health Unit at 519-663-5317 ext. 2330 (Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM) or 519-675-7523 (after hours) or Southwestern Public Health at 1-800-922-0096.
• Contact your healthcare provider by phone. Please note: If you need to see a healthcare provider, call first and tell them you have measles symptoms.

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