Peel Public Health is investigating a confirmed case of measles in Brampton that has potentially sparked an outbreak. One child who travelled to a measles, endemic country has become ill and chances are high that members of the public have also been exposed to the virus. This marks the second measles outbreak in Peel in 2016.
Anyone present in the following places during the specified timeframes may have been exposed to the virus:
- March 12, Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Temple, 32 Regan Road, Brampton, 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- March 12, Walmart Brampton South Supercentre, 15 Resolution Drive, Brampton, 2 – 6 p.m.
- March 12, Shoppers World Brampton, 499 Main Street South, Brampton, 3 – 7 p.m.
- March 14, Dr. Anis Fatima’s office, Shoppers World Medical Centre & Walk-In Clinic, 499 Main Street South, Brampton, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
- March 16, Dr. Anis Fatima’s office, Shoppers World Medical Centre & Walk-In Clinic, 499 Main Street South, Brampton, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- March 16, William Osler Health Centre, Brampton Civic Site, Emergency Department, 2100 Bovaird Drive East, Brampton, 6:50 p.m. – midnight
- March 17, William Osler Health Centre, Brampton Civic Site, Emergency Department, 2100 Bovaird Drive East, Brampton, midnight – 11:35 a.m.
Peel Public Health has made it clear that the virus can only live outside of the body — on surfaces like door handles — for up to two hours. If you did not visit the above locations within the specified timeframes, you have not been exposed.
If you have been exposed, Peel Health recommends that you 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 you with this information. Two doses of measles vaccine are recommended for anyone born after 1969.
- Watch for symptoms of measles until 21 days after possible 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.
Infants under the age of one, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at a high risk of catching measles and getting very ill. Measles is highly contagious and can spread easily. Those who are not immune are very vulnerable.
The outbreak raises important questions about vaccinations in Peel Region. Currently children are not required to be vaccinated to attend schools in either of the region’s school boards. Parents may ask for exemption based on medical, religious, or philosophical reasons. Find more information about the outbreak here.