11-month-old girl who recently travelled to India first MB measles patient of 2015
An 11-month-old girl who recently travelled to Winnipeg from India has been diagnosed with Manitoba’s first case of measles in 2015.
"We do believe this was a travel-related case and not a case where they were exposed to the measles virus while in Manitoba, but we're still doing some of the investigation to understand where they were and when," said Dr. Michael Routledge, the province's chief public health officer.
Dr. Routledge said the child had been a patient at Children’s Hospital at Health Sciences Centre.
He said other patients who may have been in the waiting room at the same time as the child have been contacted and offered immunization.
Dr. Routledge said the child is doing well and is currently at home but couldn't say whether the child had previously been vaccinated.
He said the first dose of the measles vaccine is usually administered when a child is between 12 and 15-months-old.
The second dose is usually given between the ages of four and six.
In 2014, Manitoba saw its worst outbreak of measles in decades with nine cases.
Public health officials say the disease hadn’t surfaced in several years before that.
Toronto public health officials are reporting several cases of measles, which appear to have been locally transmitted.
Measles can cause a rash, runny nose and cough, as well as more serious complications such as deafness and brain damage.
- with files from The Canadian Press