Montreal public health warns of measles exposure at airport, east end –

Montreal public health warns of measles exposure at airport, east end -
Montreal Public Health has reported a case of measles in the area
Montreal's health authority says a person infected with measles visited the airport and seven businesses in Pointe-aux-Trembles and the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough last month.

Now the health agency is warning the population about possible exposure to the highly contagious virus during the five-day period.

A person infected with the measles virus arrived in Montreal on Air Canada flight 8903 from Moncton, New Brunswick on September 20. Around noon of that day the person spent time in the arrivals area of Trudeau airport.   

The agency says a woman who was infected arrived on an Air Canada flight from Moncton on Sept. 20, and spent some time over the noon hour in the arrivals area at Trudeau airport.

The list includes a supermarket in the borough of Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve as well as a restaurant, convenience stores, a Canadian Tire and a hotel in Pointe-aux-Trembles.  

After leaving the airport, over the course of the next five days, the passenger visited six businesses in Pointe-aux-Trembles and the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve boroughs.

Symptoms include fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, red and watery eyes and tiny white spots in the mouth.

People are considered protected if they already had a medically confirmed case of measles or have been inoculated.

Details about each of these locations, including specific times when exposure may have occurred, is available on the Santé Montréal website.

People are being told to call Info-Santé by dialling 811 with health concerns, and, if necessary, they will be referred to the nearest place where they can go for evaluation and treatment.

After flying in from Moncton on Sept. 20 on Air Canada Flight 8903, an infected person was in several public places in the Montreal area over the next five days, authorities said in a statement. These include a Couche-Tard dépanneur and a Canadian Tire store in Pointe-aux-Trembles, as well as an IGA in Hochelaga. The person in question spent the night of Sept. 24 at the Best Western Plus hotel on Sherbrooke St. E. in Pointe-aux-Trembles, the ministry said.

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Although the period in which to receive preventive treatment is now over, people should be on the lookout for a possible onset of symptoms over the next three weeks, the ministry said. Symptoms could include a high fever and a redness that appears on the face, spreads over the body and lasts at least three days.

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The person came to Montreal on Air Canada flight 8903 from Moncton, New Brunswick Sept. 20, and visited the following public places:

The alert was posted after the health department learned an infected person flew in from New Brunswick Sept. 20.

Anyone who visited the above locations could be at risk from infection and should monitor themselves for symptoms including high fever and coughing, runny nose or red and watery eyes.