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Potential exposure to measles on flight to Pearson, ONroute and clinic: Windsor, Ont. health unit

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has issued a public warning about possible exposure to measles in four areas on January 11 and 15.

The locations include flights from Romania to Germany and from Germany to Toronto, an ONroute location and a walk-in clinic in Windsor, Ont.

The health unit says symptoms can appear seven to 21 days after exposure and can include fever, runny nose, cough, drowsiness, irritability and red eyes. About three to seven days after symptoms first appear, a rash appears on the face and may begin to spread throughout the body, said the health unit.

The measles virus spreads easily through the air and is so contagious that a person can become infected with measles by breathing in virus particles from an infected person up to two hours after the infected person leaves a closed place

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Potential exposures occur:

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  • Jan. 11, 6:14 am (EET) to 6:22 am (CET) – Flight Lufthansa LH1661 from Timisoara Traian Vuia International Airport, Romania, to Munich Airport, Germany
  • Jan. 11, 12:37 pm (CET) to 3:02 pm (EST) – Flight Air Canada LH6790 from Munich Airport, Germany to Pearson International Airport, Canada
  • Jan. 11, 8:30 pm to 10:40 pm – Highway 401 westbound ONroute at West Lorne
  • January 15, 1 pm to 3:30 pm – A&R Medical Center at 1800 Tecumseh Rd. W. of Windsor

The public warning comes just two days after the World Health Organization warned of an “alarming increase” in measles cases in Europe that was accelerating.

There were 42,200 measles cases in the 41 member states of the WHO European Region in 2023 – up from 941 cases reported in all of 2022, according to the WHO.

The organization said in a release on Wednesday that the rise in cases has accelerated in recent months, and they are expected to continue to rise unless urgent measures are taken.

Canada has not seen such a drastic increase in measles cases, reporting 12 cases in 2023 and three in 2022, according to federal data.

— with files from Global News’ Eric Stober.

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