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"Travel-related" measles exposure hits Toronto

"Travel-related" measles exposure hits Toronto
Christine Hogg

Christine Hogg is the Associate Digital Editor at PAX Global Media. Prior to joining PAX, she obtained her Honours BA in Journalism from the University of Toronto. Upon graduating, she went on to write for several travel publications while travelling the world. Her longest trip was a three-week stint in Europe, and the shortest was a 16-hour adventure in Iceland. Get in touch:

Toronto Public Health (TPH) is investigating two lab-confirmed cases of measles in adults that are travel related. 

According to TPH, the public may have been exposed to the measles virus in the following settings:

May 5

  • Air Canada flight AC848, departed Toronto at 8:40 p.m. and arrived in London Heathrow airport, United Kingdom at 8:35 a.m. on May 6.
  • Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, between 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. 

May 6

  • Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, between 5 and 7:30 p.m. 
  • Air Canada flight AC849, departed London Heathrow airport at 2:10 p.m. and arrived at Pearson at 5 p.m. 

Measles: an escalating epidemic

Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease that is currently circulating worldwide.

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily to those who are susceptible. Anyone who has not had two doses of a measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV) or who has not had measles in the past is at risk of infection. Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles. 

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