Montreal Public Heath Department Confirms Another Measles Case:


A confirmed case of measles was reported to the Montreal Regional Public Health Branch on September 30, 2019. During its infectious period, the person attended several public places.

People who were in the following locations at the times indicated further in this article may have been exposed to the measles virus according to the DSP Mtl.

Although the time to receive preventive treatment (injection of antibodies) is exceeded, these people should monitor the possible onset of symptoms of the disease.

Measles, a serious and highly contagious childhood disease, was once common in Canada.

Before vaccinations, about 300,000 - 400,000 Canadians caught the measles every year. Some people recovered completely, but many did not. In 1926, almost 900 Canadians died because of the measles. Survivors risked living with lifelong complications like permanent brain damage or deafness.

In the 1960’s, the first measles vaccine was introduced to Canadians. Thanks to vaccines, measles cases have decreased by 99%.

Measles has been eliminated in Canada since 1998.This was a direct result of successful universal vaccination programs. Since elimination, measles is relatively rare in Canada. However, measles is still common in other parts of the world. For that reason, it is possible for cases and outbreaks to return to Canada.

While measles in Canada is no longer considered endemic (i.e., constantly circulating), outbreaks can happen when an unvaccinated or under-vaccinated individual travels to a country where measles is circulating and brings the disease back with them. This can, and has, led to measles outbreaks in Canada.

One hundred and eleven cases of measles and no cases of rubella have been reported in Canada in 2019.

These cases have been reported by Québec, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Alberta, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

The infected person came to Montreal on Air Canada flight 8903 from Moncton, New Brunswick to Montreal Sept. 20, and visited the following public places:

Air Canada Flight 8903 from Moncton to Montreal and Domestic Arrivals Zone at Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

September 20th from 12:05 pm to 1:35 pm

DEADLINE TO MONITOR SYMPTOMS: October 15th

Maxi Pointe-aux-Trembles 12780 Sherbrooke Street East Pointe-aux-Trembles

September 21, 2:15 pm to 4:15 pm

DEADLINE TO MONITOR SYMPTOMS: October 16th

Mikes 12500 Sherbrooke Street East Pointe-aux-Trembles

September 21 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm

DEADLINE TO MONITOR SYMPTOMS: October 16th

Couche-Tard Convenience Store 12044 Sherbrooke Street East Pointe-aux-Trembles

September 22 from 8 am to 9:20 am

DEADLINE TO MONITOR SYMPTOMS: October 17

Canadian Tire 3500 Tricentennial Boulevard Pointe-aux-Trembles

September 23 from 10 am to 12:20 pm

DEADLINE TO MONITOR SYMPTOMS: October 18

IGA Food Hochelaga 7975 Hochelaga Street Montreal

September 23 from 11:30 am to 12:50 pm

DEADLINE TO MONITOR SYMPTOMS: October 18

Best Western Plus, Le Prestige Hotel 12555 Sherbrooke Street East Pointe-aux-Trembles

September 24 from 4 pm to September 25 9:30 am

DEADLINE TO MONITOR SYMPTOMS: October 19th

Couche-Tard Convenience Store 12044 Sherbrooke Street East Pointe-aux-Trembles

September 25 from 3 pm to 4:35 pm

DEADLINE TO MONITOR SYMPTOMS: October 20th

Anyone who visited the above locations could be at risk from infection and should monitor themselves for symptoms including high fever and coughing, runny nose or red and watery eyes.

For more information visit the Montreal Public Health Dept website, consult with a medical professional or call 811.

*The medical information on this site is provided as an information/news related resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.*

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Sources:

cdc.gov info

canada.ca info health

santemontreal.qc.ca photo/info

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