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Government Warns of Measles Outbreak in Laval

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Quebec’s Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) is warning of potential exposure to the measles virus in Laval, after a “person who was considered as being contagious” visited two public locations.

It’s the second time in the past month that a measles scare has been made public; on May 17, we posted about a possible measles exposure that happened in the West Island.

The MSSS says a contagious person visited these two locations last Thursday, June 13:

  • Walmart Laval Sainte-Dorothée – 700, autoroute Chomedey, Laval, between 1:30pm and 3:15 pm;
  • Public spaces and shops located nead door 2 of CF Carrefour Laval, between 2:15pm and 4pm.

They are asking people who were at those locations and times to be screened, especially babies under 1 year old, people whose immune systems are compromised and pregnant women who are not vaccinated against measles. It’s important to be screened before 4pm on June 20 (TOMORROW) to effectively contain the spread of the virus. So please share this news in your network, especially if you live or spend time in Laval!

The spread of contagious viruses such as measles is thought to be on the rise in the wake of current anti-vaccination trends. As a reminder, the scientific evidence in favour of full vaccination is overwhelming; getting vaccines helps keep you and those around you healthy! The measles vaccine is generally good for life, although those born before 1970 should get their immunity levels checked and possibly receive a booster shot. Speak to your doctor.

Measles is highly contagious, including during the days before symptoms appear. It can be life-threatening.

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