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Measles Case Confirmed in Ontario Adult Who Traveled via Toronto Pearson Airport

Another case of measles has been confirmed in an Ontario adult who recently traveled abroad through Toronto Pearson International Airport.

The Durham Region Health Department announced the case on Wednesday, stating that the individual is currently isolating at home.

Officials have issued a public alert, indicating that individuals may have been exposed to the illness if they were present at Terminal 3 of Toronto Pearson airport on March 8, between 5:24 p.m. and 8:45 p.m.

Additionally, passengers who were aboard Royal Jordanian Airlines flight RJ271, departing from Jordan on March 28 at 10:43 a.m. local time and arriving in Toronto at 5:34 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, may have been exposed to the virus.

Symptoms of measles can manifest up to 21 days following exposure and include red rashes, fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, fatigue, and unusual white spots in the mouth. Anyone experiencing these symptoms is advised to stay home and contact their primary care provider or reach out to the Durham Health Connection Line at 905-668-2020 or 1-800-841-2729 to speak with a public health nurse.

As of March 27, Public Health Ontario has confirmed nine laboratory-confirmed cases of measles in the province, excluding this recent case in Durham Region. Most cases have been linked to travel, with one instance of exposure from an unknown source.

In 2023, Ontario reported a total of seven measles cases.

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