Potential Appleby measles exposure

If you went to the North Burlington Medical Centre, 1960 Appleby Line on Sat. April 19, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. you may have been exposed to measles.

“Please call the Halton Region Health Department if you were at this location at the stated date and time so that we can discuss with you what steps you need to take to look after yourself and protect others,” said Dr. Monir Taha, Halton Region Associate Medical Officer of Health.

The Halton Region Health Department is following up on a probable case of measles in a Burlington resident. There is a possibility of exposure in a single health-care setting in Burlington. Additional laboratory confirmation is pending. The case linked to a known measles exposure announced March 30, 2014.

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. Most people can be protected from measles by receiving two doses of measles vaccine.

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 call the Halton Region Health Department. Dial 311 or 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866 or visit www.halton.ca.

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