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Public advisory - Montréal’s public health department is searching for people who may have been exposed to measles.

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The public health department (DRSP) is investigating a new confirmed case of measles in Montréal. This new case is related to the one reported to the DRSP on May 2.

People who were in the following places at the times indicated may have been exposed to the measles virus:

Saturday, May 11 

  • École Des Sources (Iranian Cultural Society of the West-Island), 2900, Lake Road, Montréal, between noon and 1:05 p.m.
  • Tim Horton’s, 3760 Sources Boulevard, Montréal, between 12:15 p.m. and 1:25 p.m.
  • Royal Bank, 4400 Sources Boulevard, Montréal, between 12:25 p.m. and 1:35 p.m.
  • Esthéticienne Manju beauté, 3637 Sources Boulevard, , Montréal, between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 12

  • Hotel Courtyard Marriott (lobby and swimming pool), 7000 place Robert-Joncas, Montréal, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

Tuesday, May 14

  • Garderie Aventuriers d’Outremont, 196 chemin Bates – 2nd floor, Town of Mont-Royal, between 4:30 p.m. and 5:35 p.m.

Public health 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 June 14, 2019

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

2. Check if you’re at risk of complications from measles

The following people are at risk of complications:

  • Children under a year old
  • Pregnant women who have not received 2 doses of vaccine and who have never had the measles
  • People whose immune system is weakened by illness or treatment

If you or a member of your family is at risk of complications:

  • CALL INFO-SANTÉ at 8-1-1; you will be referred to a health facility that will assess the need to offer you preventive treatment.

3. Watch for symptoms of measles between now and June 14, 2019

MEASLES SYMPTOMS

  • High fever  
    AND
  • Cough, runny nose or red eyes and eye discharge  
    AND
  • 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 (see above).
  • 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.

Informations sur la rougeole

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 DRSP 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.

Source

For information:

  • Advice and prevention sheet - Measles

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Last Update : 06 December 2019