Possible measles exposure at Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario and 3 other locations

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Published January 26, 2024 at 5:30 pm

Possible measles exposure at Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario and 3 other locations

Possible measles exposure at Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario and these other areas

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is issuing a measles warning to travelers and anyone who may have been exposed to measles infection at four locations, including a flight arriving from Germany to Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

The locations are:

  • Flight Air Canada LH6790 from Munich Airport, Germany, to Pearson International Airport on January 11: Departure time 12:37 m. (local time), Arrival time 3:02 p.m. (EST).
  • Highway 401 westbound ONroute location West Lorn (southwest of London in West Elgin) on January 11 from approximately 8:30 m. to 10:40 p.m.
  • Flight Lufthansa LH1661 from Timisoara Traian Vuia International Airport Romania, to Munich Airport Germany, on January 11: Departure time 6:14 m. (EET), Arrival time 6:22 a.m. (CET).
  • A&R Medical Centre located at 1800 Tecumseh West in Windsor on January 15, from approximately 1 m. to 3:30 p.m.

Those who may have been exposed to the infection to monitor for symptoms of measles that may appear seven to 21 days after exposure. Symptoms can include a fever, runny nose, cough, drowsiness, irritability, and red eyes. A red rash appears on the face three to seven days after the start of the above symptoms. The rash may start from the face and progress down the body. If you develop these symptoms, contact your health care provider.

The measles virus spreads easily in the air when an infected person coughs, talks, or sneezes, and then another person breathes in the virus particles in the air even up to 2 hours after the person with the infection has left a closed space. It can also be spread by direct contact with the secretions from the infected person’s mouth or nose.

Anyone who has not had measles or has not been vaccinated against measles can become sick. Contact your health care provider to confirm whether you are immune to measles.

Infants less than 12 months of age, pregnant people and immune-compromised individuals who have been exposed to measles should consult with their health care provider for individual medical advice.

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