Measles in Quebec has never been more common as another 5 locations in Laval and Parc Safari were potentially exposed to the virus earlier this month, warns Quebec's Health Ministry. 

A possible measles exposure in several frequented locations early this month could mean yet another case in the province. So far, there have been 18 reported cases of measles this year in Quebec, according to CBC News.

That's 14 more cases than the Health Ministry saw last year. Members of the public may have been exposed to the virus in various locations across Laval, as well as the popular amusement park, Parc Safari in Hemmingford, Quebec.

Over the past few months, Quebec's Health Ministry, in conjunction with doctors across the province, have been working hard to prevent a potential measles outbreak.

Just a week ago, in fact, a Montreal restaurant was under evaluation due to a potential measles exposure. Two weeks ago, people were potentially exposed while using public transit.


 

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It seems that the contagion is being spread around the province and for us, localized in areas of Northern Laval and Montreal. According to CBC News, the first victim this year contracted the disease in early June during a vacation out of the country. 

The following locations were released by the Quebec Health Ministry this morning as potential exposure sites:

  • Parc Safari on July 12 from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM
  • McDonald's (2895 de la Concorde E.) in Laval on July 12 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Pharmaprix (1768 des Laurentides) in Laval on July 11 from 12 PM to 1:30 PM
  • Jean Coutu (2065 des Laurentides) in Laval on July 11 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM
  • St. Vincent Pool and changing rooms at Centre de la Nature de Laval on July 10 from 1 PM to 2:30 PM

It's recommended that people contact Info-Santé by dialling 811 as soon as possible if they visited those locations on those dates. They might be exposed to the virus and have a limited window to receive antibodies. 

To consult the complete list of possible exposure sites, please visit the Quebec Health Ministry's official website

The main symptoms of measles include severe fever and red marks all over the body. Those most at risk are infants and unvaccinated individuals. It's recommended that you get an anti-measles vaccine within 7 days of potential exposure.

The number one way to prevent contracting measles is to get vaccinated, so please do that if you haven't already. 

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