As of March 23, Toronto Public Health declared the measles outbreak over in Toronto. There were 10 lab-confirmed cases of measles in the city during the outbreak. Ensure you are protected against measles by reviewing your immunization record or talking to your health provider.
In Ontario province, 19 measles cases were reported total in the outbreak with cases also reported in York, Niagara, Halton Regions and most recently in Hamilton.
In neighboring Quebec, the measles outbreak case count has risen to 150, as of today. The cases are all linked and are all unvaccinated people, public health officials note.
Signs and symptoms suggestive of measles include: fever, cough, coryza (runny nose), conjunctivitis, Koplik spots (white spots on the inside of the mouth), followed by a maculopapular rash that starts on the face and then progresses down to the trunk and extremities which lasts about six days.
Measles is highly contagious and is spread by droplets and direct contact with the nasal or throat secretions of an infected person. Measles can also be spread through the airborne route. A person with measles is infectious from four days before to four days after the onset of the rash. The incubation period is typically 10 days (range 7 to 21 days).