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Passengers on Abu Dhabi to Toronto flight at risk for measles

Measles confirmed in infant aboard

Peel's Public Health Department is asking air travellers to check their vaccination records after a case of measles was confirmed in an infant from Brampton.

The baby flew from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Pearson on March 25th aboard Etihad Airways Flight 141 (EY141).

Public Health officials say other people on the plane may have been exposed to measles during the flight.

They're asking everyone on the flight to check their medical records to make sure they have received two doses of the measles vaccine.  People who haven't received two shots or who haven't had measles before are more susceptible to it.

Passengers should also be on the lookout for possible measles symptoms until April 15th.  They include small spots with a white centre inside the mouth, a red rash lasting four to seven days, high fever, cough, runny nose, sore eyes or sensitivity to light.

If you do experience symptoms of measles, call your healthcare provider.  Do not go to a clinic, doctor's office or hospital without alerting them that you have been in contact with someone who has measles.

Public Health says this case is not connected to recent occurrences of measles exposure in Mississauga or at healthcare sites in Brampton.

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