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Ontario health officials concerned after increase in measles cases

Public Health Ontario is worried after 11 confirmed cases of measles this year

Have you and your children been vaccinated against the measles? If not, Ontario health officials are asking you to do it.

Public Health Ontario is worried after 11 confirmed cases of measles in the province this year, especially considering that it the virus is highly infectious.

Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Arlene King says all of the current measles cases in Ontario are associated with travel to the Philippines, Thailand or Europe.

That's why King is urging Ontarians to be up to date with their vaccinations if they're planning on travelling.

There have already been cases of people being exposed to the measles virus in Mississauga, Halton region and Hamilton.

In British Columbia, more than 300 people are estimated to have contracted the measles after an outbreak. It's also spreading south of the border in Washington State.

Some of the symptoms include high fever, cough, rash a runny nose and watery eyes and they can be accompanied by ear infections or pneumonia.

About 1 in 3,000 cases ends in death.

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  1. Frankie posted on 04/02/2014 10:45 AM
    This is a perfect example of political correctness gone awry, whether measles, TB, etc. We almost eradicated these diseases yet now allow kids and health care professionals to choose whether or not to get inoculated. The problem is their decision affects those around them; the solution is 100% inoculation. No school, no working in health care without it.

    We also used to quarantine those arriving with communicable diseases. That needs to be re-introduced.

    There are third world countries, including some Muslim countries, that don't allow inoculation. We should require proof of inoculation to visitors from countries that are high risk.
  2. john posted on 04/02/2014 11:27 AM
    TB can be killed by lickerish the stuff u buy form the health food store not the crap u get from the corner store . or grocery store .
  3. john posted on 04/02/2014 11:33 AM
    as for measles not to sure how to take care of that but i hear turning backing soda made into a paste and plastering it over the infection will kill most skin infections .
    1. Angry Bill posted on 04/02/2014 12:14 PM
      @john Or, you could try, like, you know.. a vaccine.
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