Quebec measles cases linked to Disneyland outbreak

Quebec health officials have confirmed that 10 people in the Lanaudière region have measles, linked to a recent outbreak at the Disneyland theme park in California.

None of the 10 people with measles in the Lanaudière region were vaccinated

Quebec measles outbreak

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A new cluster of cases among unvaccinated people has a connection to the outbreak at Disneyland

Quebec health officials have confirmed that 10 people in the Lanaudière region have measles, linked to a recent outbreak at the Disneyland theme park in California.

Infected people not vaccinated

The province's director of public health, Dr. Horacio Arruda, said two adults and eight children are infected.

Arruda said none of the people with measles had been vaccinated, for religious or philosophical reasons. He said at least one of the 10 visited Disneyland.

The ministry said the 10 people are members of two families.

Arruda said no schools are affected, but health officials will be following up at a workplace.

He would not specify in which town the people reside, citing confidentiality.

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Measles is a highly contagious infection that causes high fever, a distinctive rash and a runny nose; complications can include pneumonia, deafness and death in about one or two cases per 1,000 infected individuals.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said the Disneyland outbreak has involved 114 cases in seven U.S. states.

Quebec recorded outbreak in 2011

The vaccination issue has returned to the forefront in recent weeks, with a spike in measles cases in Toronto and the U.S.

The rise is being blamed in part on parents not vaccinating their children.

In 2011, Quebec was hit with the biggest outbreak of measles in North America, recording nearly 700 cases. At that time, doctors said many of those cases were people who had not received the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

A major vaccination program was launched, but doctors said there are still parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.

Health officials believe two to three per cent of children in Quebec are not vaccinated.

Children are supposed to be vaccinated at 12 months and receive a booster at 18 months, according to the Quebec government. 

Vaccination rates in Quebec

With files from The Canadian Press