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Measles exposure in York Region

Niagara Public Health is currently investigating a travel-related laboratory-confirmed case of measles in a Niagara Region resident. This case visited two locations in York Region while contagious.

Individuals who attended any of the following York Region locations during the identified times listed below may have been exposed to measles:

Eastern Chinese Restaurant
1 Stone Mason Drive, City of Markham
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Petro Canada Convenience Store
9249 Ninth Line, City of Markham
Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

All people who were at the locations above during the specified times are advised to immediately do the following: 

  1.  Watch for symptoms of measles until May 23, 2019. If you develop sign and symptoms, you are advised to seek health care as soon as possible.
  2. Check your immunization record to make sure you and your family members are up-to-date with the measles vaccination (MMR or MMRV). If you are unsure, please check with your health care provider, and get doses you may be eligible for.

People who did not attend any of these locations during the above dates and times are not considered at risk for this measles exposure.

How does measles spread?  
Measles spreads easily from person-to-person through droplets from the mouth, nose and throat of an infected person. These droplets spread through talking, coughing or sneezing. Although less common, the virus can also spread through contact with items such as tissues that have been freshly soiled with nose and throat discharges.

How can measles be prevented?  
The best way to protect yourself and your family is by vaccination with measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

  • Children and post-secondary school students should receive two doses of MMR
  • Adults born in 1970 or later require one dose of MMR
  • Adults born before 1970 are considered immune against measles but should receive one dose of MMR if planning to travel

How do I find out if I’ve been immunized?  
Check your yellow immunization record or contact your family physician. If you are a student in York Region, you can also contact York Region Public Health.

What are the symptoms of measles?
Symptoms can appear between seven and 18 days after contact with an infected individual and may begin with a cough, runny nose, fever, red watery eyes and Koplik spots – small spots with a white centre inside the mouth. A red, blotchy rash appears on the third to the seventh day, beginning at the hairline and spreading down the body to the arms and legs.

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