Health officials in Toronto have confirmed three measles cases in the city that are linked to travel.

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Toronto Public Health (TPH)  is encouraging everyone to check their vaccination status and ensure they are vaccinated against measles.

Measles, also called rubeola, is a very contagious viral infection. Measles spreads when a person infected with measles virus breathes, coughs, or sneezes. The virus can still be on surfaces and in the air up to 2 hours after that person is gone from a room. Measles still spreads in some parts of the world.

Measles is rare in Canada due to high vaccination rates, but outbreaks do occur from time to time.

It usually takes 10 to 14 days for someone who has caught measles to start showing symptoms.

Measles usually begins with a high fever, runny nose, cough and sore red eyes, followed by a rash starting behind the ears and spreading to the body a few days later. One in three people with measles will develop complications, such as ear infections, pneumonia, diarrhoea or rarely inflammation of the brain.

In addition, in a follow-up on the mumps outbreak in Toronto, TPH puts the case tally at 65, predominately in young adults.

Five of the cases are related to elementary and high schools in Toronto, either among staff or students.

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