Measles confirmed on Air Canada flight from Zurich to Toronto
2018-03-13 From thestar.com
Public health officials are investigating after a case of measles was confirmed on an Air Canada flight from Zurich to Toronto, and warned that other passengers on the plane could have been exposed.
The risk of acquiring measles is believed to be low, but Toronto Public Health suggests anyone who could have been exposed on the flight check their immunization records and ensure their measles vaccinations are up-to-date.
Air Canada flight 0879 on March 6 departed Zurich airport in Switzerland at 9:25 a.m. and arrived at Pearson airport at 12:07 p.m.
“It’s important for people to check their vaccination history,” said Dr. Rita Shahin, associate medical officer of health for Toronto Public Health.
“Most people we know will be fully immunized, hopefully, and not at risk of acquiring measles.”
Anyone who has not received two doses of a measles vaccine or has not had measles in the past is at risk of contracting the disease.
“Usually measles starts with something that’s hard to differentiate from a common cold — so cough, runny nose, people may have red, watery eyes,” Shahin said.
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