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Warning: Measles Outbreak In Montreal Area, Public Potentially Exposed

The contagious person was present in public, warns Quebec Minister of Health.
Warning: Measles Outbreak In Montreal Area, Public Potentially Exposed

You already probably know that measles, a disease that was once nearly eradicated thanks to vaccines, are on the rise in Canada.

What began as a small outbreak in a so-called "anti-vaxxer" community has affected many people since January. Since the start of 2019, 65 people have been affected by the measles outbreak in Canada.

Montreal health officials are warning of another case of the measles in the city. This warning affects people who frequented two public locations in Laval.

We had a video correspondent reach out to speak with a spokesperson for Carrefour Laval, one of the locations where the contagious person was known to have visited.

The ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (Minister of Health and Social Services) issued a statement late on Tuesday night, warning of a potential measles exposure.

The statement was issued to inform people that a measles case was confirmed in Laval.

The person who contracted measles visited two public areas in Laval on Thursday, June 13. The statement reads that the person is considered to have been contagious at that time.

The areas visited by the contagious person on June 13 were the following:

  • Walmart in Sainte-Dorothée (700, highway Chomedey, Laval, between 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.)

  • Common areas and boutiques near Door 2 of the CF Carrefour Laval, between 2:15 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Pregnant women who are not adequately vaccinated against measles, babies under one year and people with a weakened immune system are urged to go to clinic and be injected with antibodies as a preventative measure.

To be effective, the antibodies need to be taken before 4:00 p.m. on June 20.

People who do not belong to this group do not need to take these preventative measures, but are asked to monitor their health and be vigilant of measles symptoms until the 8th of July.

Symptoms include a high fever and red spots on the skin. The Minister reminds people that measles is a serious and very contagious disease.

Read the statement from the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux here.

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