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Brampton baby sparks possible measles exposure at Pearson

A possible measles exposure warning has been expanded to include Pearson International Airport after a Brampton baby tested positive for the highly contagious disease.

Peel Public Health officials say passengers on Etihad Airways Flight 141 (EY141) that departed from Abu Dhabi International Airport and arrived at Pearson’s Terminal 1 at 5:14 p.m. on March 25 may have been exposed during the flight.

“Passengers on Etihad Airways Flight 141 into Toronto on March 25 should check their immunization records to make sure they have had two doses of measles vaccine,” Dr. Eileen de Villa, associate medical officer of health for the Region of Peel said in a statement Sunday. “They should also watch for symptoms of measles until April 15.”

Health officials are working to determine which passengers may require a direct follow up.

Several other possible exposure sites related to this case include:

  •     March 27, Muslim Community Services (third floor) and all common areas in the building at 150 Central Pkwy., 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  •     March 31, King’s Cross Walk-In Clinic, 17 Kings Cross Rd., 3 – 8 p.m.
  •     April 1, King’s Cross Walk-In Clinic, 17 Kings Cross Rd., 6 – 8 p.m.
  •     April 2, MCI Medical Clinic: The Doctor’s Office – Bramalea City Centre, 25 Peel Centre Dr., 2:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  •     April 2-3, Brampton Civic Hospital (Emergency Department), 2100 Bovaird Dr., 5 p.m. (April 2) –  3 a.m. (April 3)

Anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated or hasn’t had measles in the past and visited these places in Brampton at these specific times could be infected with this disease.

Measles symptoms include a high fever, cold-like symptoms such as a cough or runny nose, sore eyes or sensitivity to light, small spots with a white centre on the inside of the mouth, and a red rash lasting four to seven days.

If you think you may have come into contact with the virus and are showing symptoms, visit your doctor. Be sure to call ahead to warn the office you think you have measles.

Anyone who was in these locations at these times should watch for symptoms for 21 days after possible exposure.

This case is not connected to a recent measles outbreak in Mississauga.

With files from Sarah-Joyce Battersby