News Release: February 14, 2018
Possible Measles Exposure at Several Brampton Locations, Including Sheridan College and Brampton Transit
Brampton, ON. (February 14, 2018) – Peel Public Health is investigating a confirmed case of measles in an adult from Brampton who had recently travelled internationally.
Anyone who was in the following places DURING THE TIMES LISTED may have been exposed to measles. The virus can only live outside the body (e.g., on surfaces and in the air) for up to two hours, so people who visited these locations or used these services at other times are not at risk.
- Feb. 9, Sheridan College Library – Davis Campus, Brampton, 12 – 5 p.m.
- Feb. 9, Brampton Transit, Route 104 Chinguacousy Express, 4 – 7 p.m.
- Feb. 9, Guardian Sheridan Pharmacy, 373 Steeles Ave. W, Brampton, 2 – 5:30 p.m.
Visitors to the identified locations during the times noted should do the following:
- Check your immunization records to make sure you and your children have had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV). Your child’s immunization record (yellow card) or your doctor can provide this information. Two doses of measles vaccine are recommended for anyone born after 1969.
- Watch for symptoms of measles for 21 days after exposure. These include a high fever; cold-like symptoms (cough/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.
DO NOT go to any medical facility without calling in advance and telling them you have been in contact with someone who has measles.
Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily to those who are not immune or are vulnerable. Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles. Residents who are travelling internationally should always check their immunization status with their doctor prior to travel.
Concerned residents should visit Peelregion.ca/health for news and alerts about measles. For more information, contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected community for life for more than 1.4 million people and approximately 163,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.
Media Contacts:Janet Eagleson
Region of Peel