Health officials in Peel Region have confirmed a case of measles in a Brampton child who travelled to an endemic country just prior to becoming ill.
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Peel Public Health warns others may have been exposed to the highly-contagious infection in a number of Brampton locations from March 12 to 17:
- March 12: Gurdwara Sikh Sangat Temple, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- March 12: Walmart Brampton South Supercentre, from 2 to 6 p.m.
- March 12: Shoppers World Brampton, from 3 to 7 p.m.
- March 14: Dr. Anis Fatima's office, Shoppers World Medical Centre & Walk-In Clinic, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
- March 16: Dr. Anis Fatima's office, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- March 16: William Osler Health Centre, from 6:50 p.m. to midnight.
- March 17: William Osler Health Centre, from midnight to 11:35 a.m.
Anyone who may have been exposed to the illness is asked to check their health records to make sure they and their children have received both doses of the measles vaccination.
It is recommended that those born after 1969 receive two vaccinations to avoid getting the illness, according to health officials.
Symptoms usually appear within 21 days of exposure. They include a cough and runny nose, sore eyes or sensitivity to light, small spots with a white centre on the inside of the mouth and a red rash that lasts from four to seven days.
Health officials say if you think you have measles, call a medical facility ahead of time instead of just showing up at one as you could be exposing others to the illness. It's also important to describe your symptoms over the phone and reveal where you may have visited.
Measles is a highly-infectious illness that is treatable. However, infants under the age of one, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can suffer severe complications.