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Measles outbreak in Ontario

A measles outbreak has been declared in Ontario, but there are no confirmed bases in the Haliburton-Kawartha-Pine Ridge District.

All 11 cases in Ontario have been confirmed as travel related.Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Arlene King has issued a travel warning. She says Canadians travelling to countries such as the Philippines, Netherlands and parts of Europe are bringing the disease home. People who have come into contact with anyone who has travelled to these areas are also at risk.

Director of Communicable Disease Control, Linda McCarey says the district has not had a confirmed case since 2008. She says the District Unit is still on alert and is asking everyone to make sure they have the proper vaccinations.

Anyone can check their immunization records by contacting their healthcare provider. McCarey says parents with children under the age of six should pay particular attention as some young children may not have both doses of the vaccine.

Symptoms to look for include fever, rash, coughing, and runny nose.

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