The Quebec Department of Health and Social Services (computer translated) are warning the public of a possible measles exposure in the Laval area. The individual visited some public places in the city on Thursday, June 13th, while considered contagious.
People who have frequented the following places at the specified date and time are considered at risk of exposure:
- Walmart Laval Store Sainte-Dorothée, at 700 Chomedey Highway, Laval, from 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm;
- Common areas and shops located near door 2 of CF Carrefour Laval, from 2:15 pm to 4:00 pm.
The following people should be evaluated for early intervention, which involves receiving injections of antibodies:
- Babies under 1 year old;
- People whose immune system is weakened;
- Pregnant women who are not adequately vaccinated against measles.
Preventive intervention must be done by June 20 at 4:00 pm to be effective. It is therefore recommended that persons from the above groups, who have frequented the places mentioned at the times indicated, communicate as soon as possible with Info-Santé 811.
If you are not part of these groups and have frequented these places, there is no immediate preventive intervention recommended. However, it is advisable to be on the lookout for symptoms until July 8, especially if you are not vaccinated. The main symptoms of measles are severe fever, followed by redness on the body.
Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease. It is caused by a virus that travels through the air through droplets from the nose and throat of infected people. It can take 7 to 14 days between exposure to the measles virus and the onset of symptoms. A person begins to be contagious four days before the rash appears, and can remain contagious for up to four days after they appear.