Measles alert active until April 22

Once declared vanquished in Canada, measles is making a comeback, having been spotted at various regions across Canada. Now, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has acknowledged it is investigating a confirmed case of the disease in Innisfil.
According to the county’s medical officer of health, Dr. Colin Lee, tests have confirmed that an Innisfil woman has contracted measles, and that she was infected while out of the country.
Once common but now all but eradicated by vaccination, the symptoms of measles can take up to 21 days to show. Conditions include fever and cough, light-sensitive sore eyes, a rash and at times small white spots that appear inside the mouth. Very contagious, the disease is an airborne one that can remain in air for some two hours after a person coughs.
Health officials remind parents to check their children’s immunization records. The alert over this situation will last until April 22.

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