A confirmed case of the measles in the greater Sudbury area has prompted health officials to launch an investigation.
The Sudbury and District Health unit is warning residents that they could have been exposed to the virus.
According to the health unit those who visited the following places may have been exposed:
- Costco, 1465 Kingsway, April 23 between 4p.m. and 7:30p.m.
- LaSalle All Day Walk-in Clinic, 1813 LaSalle Blvd, April 24, between 3p.m. and 7p.m.
- Health Sciences North Emergency Department, 41 Ramsey Lake Rd, between 8:30p.m. April 24 and 4:30am April 25
Officials also said that those who visited those locations, but not at the times listed we not exposed to the virus as measles can only live on surfaces outside of the body for up to two hours. They have also said that members of the community should check their medical records and be sure that children under the age of 18 have been properly immunized.
Symptoms are cold-like and include cough, fever, runny nose, sore eyes and a red rash that may last for up to five days. Sometimes there are small white spots in the inside of the mouth. People should watch for symptoms for 21 days after the possible exposure, meaning up to May 16 for people exposed on April 25.
“People who think they may have measles should isolate themselves by staying home and avoiding all contact with unimmunized persons,” said the health unit in a press release.
According to the warning, people are no longer infectious after four full days after a measles rash first appears. The implore the community to call a local health care provider’s clinic or the hospital before visiting in order to take precautions to prevent spreading measles to others.
The notice also warns that people who visted the above locations in the noted timeframes should contact the health unit if they also have any of the following:
- Had a child under one year of age with at the time of the visit
- Are unimmunized or unsure of your immunization
- Have a weakened immune system
- Are pregnant
- Work in the health care and don’t have two doses of measles vaccine
- Attend college or university and don’t have two doses of measles vaccine
For more information about measles or immunization, the unit asks the community to visit www.sdhu.com or call 705-522-9200.