New potential exposure areas identified related to measles in Greater Moncton area

More cases are expected as March Break approaches

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health is advising the public of three additional potential exposures to a confirmed case of measles in an individual who recently worked in the Greater Moncton region.

A release says a previous alert noted the affected individual worked in the area September 19 and 20 and visited the Holiday Inn and Suites in Dieppe and the Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport on those days.

The province says individuals were potentially exposed to the measles if they:
- were at the Pita Pit on Dieppe Boulevard on September 19 between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
- used an Air Cab taxi on September 19 between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
- were at the McDonald's on Dieppe Boulevard on September 19 between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
- were at the hotel between 9:30 a.m. September 19 and 9:30 a.m. September 20
- were at the airport, departures area, on September 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- were on Air Canada flight 8903 from Moncton to Montreal on September 20, wich departed at 11:15 a.m.

Those exposed could have already developed symptoms or could do so between now and October 11.

A release from the Department of Health says early symptoms of the measles may include fever, cough, red eyes or tiny white spots in the mouth, with a red blotchy rash appearing on the face and then spreading to the body, arms and legs within 3 to 7 days.

Anyone who was at the locations listed above during the times indicated, and who feels they have symptoms consistent with measles, should isolate themselves by staying home and avoiding all contact with unimmunized people.

The measles virus is transmitted through the air or by direct contact with an infected person.