It looks like the measles outbreak has now spread across the country from the west coast to the east coast of Canada. The Toronto Public Health revealed today on March 5 that they are now investigating a confirmed case of measles. They have even released information about the areas in the GTA where people could have been exposed to measles.
The first known cases of measles in Canada were found in BC this year. Later, there were reports that measles could've spread to Alberta and the Northwest Territories, and now the measles outbreak has made its way to Ontario. The Toronto Public Health confirmed in an email today to Janine McCready that there was a confirmed case of measles in the Scarborough area. McCready is an infectious diseases doctor according to her Twitter bio.
McCready shared a screenshot of the email on her Twitter. This has also prompted others on the same Twitter thread to confirm that they also received the same email from the Toronto Public Health about the first case of measles in 2019.
Check out the tweet below that she posted on Twitter just 15 minutes ago.
Toronto Public health confirmed in email this morning pic.twitter.com/v2NtDF38nA
As you can see from the email sent from the Toronto Public Health, other people in the GTA could have been exposed to measles already.
The Toronto Public Health says in their email that people at these locations during the following times could have been exposed:
- Scarborough Health Network, Birchmount Site between 5:12 PM and 11:30 PM on February 28
- Huntingdale Medical Centre between 11:30 AM to 3 PM on February 26 and 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM on February 28
Confirmed case of #measles in #Scarborough. #Toronto area docs think about measles if see fever and rash. Isolate the patient and send NP swab and urine for measles PCR and Serology (IgG and IgM) #vaccinate #VaccinesSaveLives #vaccineswork
A recent measles outbreak in BC this year has scared many Canadians across the country. Young people have even gone against what their parents want and been getting vaccinated without their permission amid the BC measles outbreak, against their parent's wishes.
In response to the outbreak, Canada's chief health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam has urged Canadians to get vaccinated. "If someone is questioning whether to get vaccinated or not ... it's a really good idea now to go in and talk to your health provider if you have questions and get them answered and get yourself vaccinated," Tam told CBC News. "I don't think it's too late ever to get your measles immunization up to date."