Case of the measles suspected at Siple Elementary

Alicia Farmer
April 6, 2019

The HSE has warned that people who are sick should not attend settings such as crèche, school, work or religious gatherings until they have recovered from illness. The individual, whose age and gender have not been released, recently travelled internationally.

A "Nurse on Call" phone line also will be operating from 10 a.m.to 1 p.m. Saturday to take questions.

The infected person was also at the Real Canadian Superstore at 760 Eagleson Rd. on March 28 and in the Ottawa West Travel Clinic at the same address. Measles can cause serious illness requiring hospitalization. April 2, 9 a.m.to noon: Queensway Carleton Hospital Skin and Tissue Clinic.

The MDHHS says the people infected range in age from eight months to 63 years.

Symptoms of the measles generally appear in two stages. However, a large body of scientific research has proven there is no link between vaccines and the developmental disorder, even in children at high risk.

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According to the CDC, numerous recent US cases of measles have been linked to visits to Israel, Ukraine, and other countries where large outbreaks have occurred.

"If they were born after 1970 and they think they only had one shot [as a baby, they should] make an appointment with their family physician, their health care provider, to get that second shot", she explained. Rockland's outbreak has most heavily affected Orthodox Jewish communities, in which vaccination rates tend to be lower. Under the emergency, anyone under the age of 18 who has not been vaccinated is prohibited from visiting public spaces, including schools and shopping areas. Those in violation could be charged with a misdemeanour punishable by up to six months in jail. The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is working with local health departments and healthcare providers in LaGrange and Steuben counties to identify anyone who may have been exposed to the patient while infectious and to prevent further transmission of the disease.

Hospital officials around Metro Detroit are trying to drive home a point about getting vaccinated against the measles: It could be a matter of life and death.

He said people should check their immunisation status.

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