• Mario Carr

Measles potential outbreak in Burlington


If you've recently been to Burlington's Queens Head Pub, Milestones Restaurant, or Joseph Brant Hospital, you may have been exposed to measles.

The Halton Region Health Department is reporting that a confirmed case of measles in a Hamilton resident has led to potential exposures in public and health-care settings in Burlington. Persons who have visited any of the following locations may have been exposed to measles:

Saturday, March 22, 2014: The Queen’s Head (pub), 400 Brant Street, Burlington, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014:

Milestones Restaurant, 1200 Brant Street, Burlington, 7 p.m. to midnight Tuesday, March 25 – Thursday, March 27, 2014:

Joseph Brant Hospital, 1230 North Shore Blvd., Burlington March 25, 7 p.m. to March 26, 9:30 a.m. March 26, 3:30 p.m. to midnight March 27, 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Halton Region Health Department is following up individually with patients and individuals accompanying them who may have been exposed at Joseph Brant Hospital. “Measles is preventable through immunization with two doses of measles vaccine,” stated Dr. Monir Taha, Halton Region Associate Medical Officer of Health. “Persons who have measles need to isolate themselves while they are ill and for four full days after the rash first appears.

Always call ahead before going to a health care setting.” Measles starts with cough, runny nose, red, watery eyes, and fever, and after about four days a rash begins on the face and moves down the body. There may be white spots inside the mouth. Measles spreads easily to persons who are not immune.

Infants under one year of age, pregnant women, and persons with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles. Complications of measles can include middle ear infections, pneumonia, croup, and inflammation of the brain.

Learn more at www.halton.ca/measles. 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 give you a mask to wear when you arrive and take you straight to a room in which you can be isolated.

In a doctor’s office you may be given the last appointment of the day. For more information, dial 311 or call the Halton Region Health Department at 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866 or visit www.halton.ca. The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 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, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

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