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Passenger on recent Air Canada flight from Switzerland to Toronto had measles, officials say

March 12, 2018 9:28 PM
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Toronto Public Health says it’s confirmed a case of the measles in a passenger travelling on a flight from Zurich to Toronto on March 6.

That two cases of measles would surface in less than a month is unusual, says Rita Shahin, associate medical officer of health for Toronto Public Health. But she doesn’t think it’s cause for concern.

“They’re rare cases when we have an imported case of measles,” she says. “I think it’s just coincidence.”

The measles virus is highly contagious, but outbreaks are rare in Canada as most people are immunized. Shahin says only five cases were reported to Toronto Public Health last year, and most of them were travel-related.


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