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Measles Exposure

Area residents may have been exposed to measles at several locations in the City of Kawartha Lakes between March 28 to April 8.

Anyone who visited the following places during the specific times listed below may have been exposed to the measles virus.

The virus can only live outside the body (e.g., on surfaces and door handles) for up to two hours, so people who visited these locations at other times were not exposed.
  • Cambridge Mall, 18 Cambridge St. S. Lindsay
    March 28, 2018 from 10am-5pm; March 30, 2018 from 9am-4pm; March 31, 2018 from 10am-5pm; April 2, 2018 from 10am-5pm; April 3, 2018 from 11am-5pm

  • Reid’s Valu-Mart, 42 Russell St. W. Lindsay
    March 31, 2018 from 2pm-4:10pm

  • Doctor’s office, Lindsay Professional Building, 65 Angeline St. N, Lindsay
    April 3, 2018 from 9am-12pm; April 4, 2018 from 8:45am-11:30am; April 5, 2018 from 8:45am-12pm; April 6 8:45am-11:15am

  • Life Labs, 86 Angeline St. S, Lindsay
    April 3, 2018 from 10am-1pm; April 4, 2018 from 8am-10:45am; April 5, 2018 from 8am-10:45am; April 6, 2018 from 8am-10:45am

  • Tim Horton’s located at Whitney Town Centre, Lindsay
    April 4, 2018 from 8:30am-11am

  • Royal Gardens Food Mart View Lake, 4793 Regional 57 Rd.
    March 30, 2018 from 2:30pm-4:35pm.

If you visited these locations during the times listed, please do the following:

  • Check your immunization records to make sure everyone in your family has had two doses of the measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV). Two doses are recommended for anyone born after 1970. If you have been immunized, you could still become ill with measles, but have a milder case.

  • Watch for symptoms of measles until 21 days after exposure. These include a high fever, cold-like symptoms (cough/runny nose); sore eyes or sensitivity to light; small spots with a white centre on the inside of the mouth; and a red rash lasting four to seven days.

Anyone who may have been exposed during the noted locations and has symptoms should call their health care provider immediately and tell them they have been exposed to measles. Do not go to your doctor or a hospital without telling them before that you have been exposed to measles. 

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily through the air. Anyone who has not had two doses of a measles vaccine (MMR or MMRV) or who has not had measles in the past is at risk of infection. Infants under one year of age, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems can get very ill with measles.

To learn more, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1007.

Additional Resources:

Health Canada Fact Sheet