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Health Unit says measles cases on the rise, advising caution before March Break

The local health unit is advising residents to be careful when travelling this March break, as cases of measles continue to rise throughout the province and other countries.
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit says as of Tuesday afternoon, there is four active cases of measles in Ontario.
They say while it has been eliminated in Canada, outbreaks can happen when susceptible individuals, like those who are unvaccinated, travel to and return from other countries where the disease is circulating.
According to Health Canada only 79 per cent of the population have been vaccinated for measles.
Our area’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Natalie Bocking, says due to COVID-19 some children have had delays of their routine childhood immunizations which leaves them at risk of contracting measles. She’s reminding everyone to ensure all immunizations are up to date, especially before travelling internationally.
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