Second Case of Measles Suspected in Kingston

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KFL&A Public HealthKFL&A Public Health reports it is investigating a second case of measles in an unimmunised adult from the Kingston region.

The incident is believed linked to another local case that occurred within the past three weeks.

Public Health stated the key factor for this second individual acquiring the highly infectious disease is that they never received measles vaccine in childhood. It added that the chance of other members of the public being exposed to or acquiring measles after exposure is very low.

However, people exposed to these cases who are not immunised or are immunocompromised may be at risk for measles.

At-risk individuals include infants below the age of 12 months, unimmunised pregnant women, or immune compromised individuals.

This new case involves a person who visited Carmelinda’s Restaurant at 2799 Princess Street on April 16, 2017 between 9:00 am and noon.

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Public Health asks that any at-risk people who visited this restaurant during that period to call the Communicable Disease Team at KFL&A Public Health (613-549-1232) for advice and guidance as they may have been exposed to measles.

Information from KFL&A Public Health:

Measles is a serious infection that causes fever, cough, runny nose, inflammation of the eyes, and an itchy rash that covers most of the body. Complications include pneumonia, middle ear infections, and inflammation of the brain that can cause life-long disability. Before the advent of a vaccine for measles, most children had this disease. The vaccine has made this illness and its serious complications a rarity in Canada.

Children over the age of one, adolescents, health care workers, and students living in dormitories all should have had two doses of measles vaccine for adequate protection. Older adults should have a minimum of one dose, and those born before 1970 are assumed to be protected because of the high level of measles in Canada before that date. Persons who are not up-to-date are asked to contact their family physician to receive this vaccine.