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Santé Montréal



Possible exposure to measles in public spaces in east-end Montréal and Montréal–Trudeau International Airport

On September 30, 2019, a confirmed case was reported to Montréal’s regional public health department

The person had been to a number of public places during the contagious period. People who were in the following places at the indicated times might have been exposed to the measles virus. Although the deadline for preventive treatment (antibody injection) has passed, these individuals should watch for symptoms of the disease.

Sites of exposure Dates and times of exposure Date until symptoms may appear
Air Canada flight 8903 from Moncton to Montréal, and domestic arrivals area at Montréal–Trudeau International Airport  20 September 
12:05 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
15 October
Maxi Pointe-aux-Trembles 
12780 Sherbrooke East
21 September 
2:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
16 October
12500 Sherbrooke East Pointe-aux-Trembles
21 September 
7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
16 October
Dépanneur Couche-Tard
12044 Sherbrooke East Pointe-aux-Trembles
22 September 
8:00 a.m. to 9:20 a.m.
17 October
Canadian Tire 
3500 boulevard du Tricentenaire
23 September 
10:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
18 October
IGA Alimentation Hochelaga 
7975 Hochelaga Montréal
23 September 
11:30 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.
18 October
Best Western Plus, Hôtel Le Prestige
12555 Sherbrooke East Pointe-aux-Trembles
24 September, 4 p.m. to 
25 September, 9:30 a.m.
19 October
Dépanneur Couche-Tard
12044 Sherbrooke East Pointe-aux-Trembles
24 September 
3:00 p.m. to 4:35 p.m.
20 October

Montréal's public health departement recommends that anyone who was at these places during the times indicated above do the following : 

1. Check if you’re protected against measles :

You’re protected if :

  • you’ve been diagnosed with measles by a doctor;
  • you’ve been vaccinated (e.g. MMR vaccine).
Year of birth Number of doses needed to be considered as protected against measles
1980 or later 2 doses of vaccine
Between 1970 and 1979 1 dose of vaccine
Before 1970 No dose of vaccine needed

If you’re not considered to be protected or if you don’t know if you are :

  • Go to the CLSC or to your doctor’s office to get vaccinated against measles. The vaccine is free, safe and very effective;
  • Between now and the date indicated in the table,

    • if possible, avoid contact with people at risk of complications from measles (see below)
    • watch for signs of the illness

2. Watch for symptoms of measles until the date indicated in the table

Measles symptoms

  • High fever 
  • Cough, runny nose or red eyes, eye discharge 
  • Two to four days later: rash on the face that spreads to the body and lasts at least 3 days

If you develop these symptoms

  • Stay at home as soon as the first symptoms of measles appear and don’t wait until the rash develops
  • Avoid all contact with people at risk of complications:

    • Children under a year old
    • Pregnant women
    • People whose immune system is weakened by illness or treatment

  • If you develop a rash, see a doctor
  • Tell the person at the reception desk that you think you have measles, ask for a mask and wear it

Information about measles

Measles is a very contagious disease caused by a virus that spreads through the air on droplets from the nose and throat of an infected person. The first symptoms of measles are the following:

  • High fever
  • Runny nose
  • Cough
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
  • General discomfort

Next a rash appears on the face and then spreads to the body

It can take 7 to 14 days (exceptionally up to 21 days ) between exposure to the measles virus and onset of symptoms. This is called the incubation period. A person is considered to be contagious 4 days before the rash appears and can remain contagious up to 4 days after. Measles lasts 1 to 2 weeks.

Importance of getting vaccinated

The public health department would like to remind the public that vaccination is the best way to protect 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.

For information:

Public, News, Measles, Professionnel, Réseau de la santé, Direction de santé publique

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Last Update : 27 October 2020