The Toronto Public Health Agency has reported two new cases of measles in the Greater Toronto Area. This case is one of many reported cases in Canada this year. As of April 27, the most recent data available from Health Canada, the total number of reported cases of measles in 2019 was forty-five.
The two most recent cases of measles were reported in Toronto. Both cases were travel-related, and people who were at the Toronto Pearson Airport on May 5th and May 8th may have been exposed to the highly contagious virus.
People on Air Canada flights AC848 and AC849 on May 5th and May 8th, respectively, may have been exposed.
Measles is a highly contagious disease. It can be contracted just by being in the same room as someone who has the virus.
The Government of Canada states that "Globally, there are large measles outbreaks which have affected a large number of countries. Canadians travelling outside of Canada are invited to consult the travel health notices for more information."
The following people may have been in contact with the measles virus.
On May 5, you may have been exposed to the virus if you were:
at Remely’s Restaurant, 4830 Sheppard Ave. E., between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.
at Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, between 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
on 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
On May 8, you may have been exposed to the virus if you were:
at Toronto Zoo between 1:30 and 5 p.m.
at Pearson International Airport, Terminal 1, between 5 and 7:30 p.m.
on Air Canada flight AC849, departed London Heathrow airport at 2:10 p.m. and arrived at Pearson at 5 p.m.
The Toronto Public Health Agency is following up with people who may have been exposed to the virus.
If you have not been vaccinated against measles, or if you were vaccinated after 1970, you are encouraged to get vaccinated.
We reached out to Air Canada for comment, but they have yet to respond.