No new cases in Hamilton measles outbreak, city says
Public health officials still investigating after Hamilton woman tests positive for virus
No new cases of the measles have been reported to the city after a local woman was found to be infected with the virus, public health officials in Hamilton say.
A Hamilton adult tested positive last week for the measles, public health officials said on Sunday. In the eight days prior to the announcement, officials said, the individual visited a number of establishments in Hamilton, Burlington and Mississauga and may have inadvertently exposed other patrons to the virus.
On Wednesday, Hamilton Public Health spokeswoman Tara Hall said no additional cases have been reported in any of the affected municipalities.
The woman’s case stems from that of a man who became infected with the virus on a trip to the Philippines, Hall said.
Another person, a Halton resident, has contracted the measles as well.
None of the infected individuals know each other, said Hall.
“The contact was incidental,” she said.
Public health officials in Hamilton, Halton and Peel continue to investigate and warn that people who visited the following locations at certain times may have been exposed to the measles:
Saturday March 22, 2014:
- Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park, 3636 Hawkestone Rd., Mississauga, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- The Queen’s Head pub, 400 Brant St., Burlington, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Sunday March 23, 2014:
- Mill Street & 5 American House, 324 Dundas St. E, Waterdown, 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- Milestones Restaurant, 1200 Brant St., Burlington, 7 p.m. to midnight
Monday March 24, 2014:
- Canada Post office, 17 Main St. N, Waterdown, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Boston Pizza, 4 Horseshoe Cr., Waterdown, 5:15 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday March 25, 2014
- Joseph Brant Hospital, 1230 North Shore Blvd., Burlington, 7 p.m. to 9:30 a.m. on March 26
- Joseph Brant Hospital, 1230 North Shore Blvd., Burlington, 3:30 p.m. to midnight
Wednesday March 26, 2014:
- Lakeside Variety store, 721 Beach Blvd., Hamilton, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Walmart, 90 Dundas St. E. Waterdown, 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 26
- Joseph Brant Hospital, 1230 North Shore Blvd., Burlington, 11:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
People who visited these locations at the specified times, and have never received two doses of a measles vaccine, are asked to call the public health office in their region:
- Hamilton Public Health Services at 905-546-2424 ext. 7970 for Hamilton residents
- Halton Public Health at 905-825-6000 for Region of Halton residents
- Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 for Region of Peel resident
Individuals who have had the measles in the past are not at risk.
Signs and symptoms
A bad cough, runny nose, fever, sensitivity to light and red-watery eyes are symptoms commonly associated with a case of the measles. Spots with a white centre can also appear inside the mouth. A red rash may also appear and last for four to seven days.
About four days after infection, a rash starts at the face and moves down the body. White spots may appear inside the mouth.
The virus spreads easily to people who aren’t immune. Infants under a year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get particularly ill.
Complications can include ear infections, pneumonia, croup and brain inflammation.
“Measles is highly contagious to susceptible people from the beginning of the illness until four days after the rash first appears,” Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Hamilton’s associate medical doctor of health, said in the Sunday news release.
“To avoid spreading illness to others it’s important that ill individuals stay home.”