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Toronto Investigating Multiple Cases of Measles

A 2014 case of infant measles in the Philippines. Credit: Rebecca Martin/CDC
A 2014 case of infant measles in the Philippines. Credit: Rebecca Martin/CDC

Toronto Public Health (TPH) announced today that it is investigating four lab-confirmed cases of measles, involving two children under 2 years of age and two adults from different families.

No source case has yet been identified and there are no known links or contact between the cases. Toronto Public Health continues to investigate, including following up with known contacts and individuals who may have been exposed.

The health agency is reminding the public to take the following recommended measures:

  • Check your immunization record to make sure you and family members are up to date with the measles vaccination (MMR or MMRV).
  • If you are travelling, ensure your immunizations are up to date before you leave, including family members travelling with you. This is very important if you are planning to travel to the United States, which is currently experiencing outbreaks of measles in several states.
  • Watch for symptoms of measles. These include a high fever, cold-like symptoms (cough/runny nose), sore eyes or sensitivity to light and a red rash lasting four to seven days.
  • Do not go to any medical office or facility without telling them before the appointment that you think that you may have measles.

Infants under one year of age, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles. Those showing symptoms should immediately call their health care provider.

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