Confirmed Case of Measles in Kingston

Make sure your vaccines are up to date.

KFL&A Public Health says a case of measles has been confirmed in Kingston.

Public Health says the person had recently traveled to South Asia where measles is common and poses a risk to travellers.

“Being up-to-date with all routine immunizations , especially measles, is the easiest and most effective way to ensure that one does not contract a serious infectious disease while travelling," says Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ian Gemmill.

“Routine immunization , including measles vaccine, is free of charge for all residents, and having a case imported to our area is a strong reminder to make sure that we all have taken advantage of this safe and effective way of protecting ourselves when a case of measles turns up in this community”.

Public Health is monitoring the case and the apartment building where the person lives to make sure any secondary cases are identified quickly, to limit the spread of the highly contagious illness.

Measles is a serious infection that causes fever, cough, runny nose, inflammation of the eyes, and an itchy rash that covers most of the body.

Complications include pneumonia, middle ear infections, and inflammation of the brain that can cause life-long disability.

The vaccine has made this illness and its serious complications a rarity in Canada.

Children over the age of one, adolescents, health care workers, students attending post-secondary educational institutions, and military personnel all should have had two doses of measles vaccine for adequate protection.

Older adults should have a minimum of one dose, and those born before 1970 are assumed to be protected because of the high level of measles in Canada before that date.

Persons who are not up-to-date are asked to contact their family physicians to receive the vaccine.