Measles Scare For Passenger Who Recently Travelled Through Pearson Airport

Some travellers through Pearson Airport last month may have been exposed to measles. Public health authorities say people who were in Terminal 1 on Sunday, January 27th from 4pm to 8pm may be at risk. Those who were near people arriving aboard Lufthansa flight LH470 from Frankfurt at 4:08pm may also have been exposed. Also at risk are those connected to Air Canada flight AC834 or LH6829 that left Toronto at 6pm for Montreal.

From Peel Public Health:

People in the following areas of Pearson Airport on January 27, 2019 may have been exposed:

  • Lufthansa flight LH-470, from Frankfurt to Toronto (Pearson Airport, arrival at 4:08 pm)
  • Air Canada flight AC-834 or LH-6829, from Toronto (Pearson Airport, departure at 6:00 pm) to Montreal
  • Pearson International Airport (Terminal 1) on January 27, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

All individuals who may have been exposed are advised to do the following:

  1. Check your immunization record: Make sure you and your family members are up to date with the measles vaccination (noted as the “MMR” or “MMRV” on records). Two doses are recommended for anyone born after 1969. If you are unsure about your vaccination status, please check with your health care provider. In general, those born before 1970 are considered immune against measles.
  2. Watch for signs and symptoms: Symptoms of measles can appear up until 21 days after exposure. These include a high fever, cold-like symptoms (cough/runny nose), sore eyes or sensitivity to light, small spots with a white centre on the inside of the mouth, and a red rash lasting four to seven days.
  3. Reduce the risk of spreading to others: If you think you may have measles and need to see a health care provider, you must call ahead to inform them that you may have been exposed. This will allow health care staff to take the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection and protect others visiting the office, clinic or hospital.

Photo Credit: Greater Toronto Airports Authority

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Scott Fox
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