Measles in Canada?!?!

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Canada has seen an increase in the number of measles cases since the beginning of the year in the Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario. Although measles in rare in Canada, there have been outbreaks in the Philippines and Netherlands. Measles is a very contagious disease and can be very serious, commonly causing diarrhea and pneumonia, and in rarer cases encephalitis and death. It spreads easily through close contact with an infected person.

Measles can be prevented through vaccination. If you are experiencing symptoms of measles (including fever, runny nose, drowsiness, irritability, red eyes/sensitivity to light, small white spots on the inside of the mouth and throat and red blotchy rashes), visit your doctor.

For more information, visit Canada’s Public Health Agency. Check out the map here.

Juhi Mawla, Intern,