Montréal’s public health department is looking into the contacts of a case of measles in Montréal. The person is unvaccinated.
What is measles?
Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus that spreads through the air on droplets from the nose and throat of infected people. The first symptoms of measles are the following:
- High fever
- Runny nose
- Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
- General discomfort
Next a rash appears on the face and then spreads to the body.
What to do
A person who has symptoms consistent with measles should limit contacts with other people, avoid public places and see a doctor. It is also important that the person inform health care staff about his or her symptoms before or upon arriving at the medical facility to ensure the necessary precautions are put in place to reduce the risks of transmission (respiratory isolation, wearing of masks, etc.).
Vaccination is the best protection against measles. Anyone who has never been vaccinated against measles or who has never had the illness should also get vaccinated. It’s the best way to protect yourself and others.
If you are worried about your health or the health of a loved one, call Info-Santé au 8-1-1.