Confirmed Case of Measles: Exposure at Thornhill Mall’s Movie Theatre

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People that went to the movie in Thornhill Mall may have been exposed to measles, warn officials. Earlier this month, the case of measles has been confirmed.

York Region Public Health’s news release stated that people that went to “Solo: A Star Wars Story” on June 9, between 7 p.m. – 11:59 p.m., at Imagine Cinemas in the Promenade Mall, might have been exposed to the virus.

The exposure could have occurred in the washrooms, at the concession stands, or in the lobby of the theatre, in the area of Bathurst and Centre streets.

Officials Recommend: Speak With Your Health-Care Provider

The recommendation for anyone who went to those areas during that day and between those hours should check their immunization records. They can also speak with their health-care provider to assure them that they have measles immunity and that they have received the two doses of the vaccine. Adults born before 1970 are at a reduced risk of getting measles, as they are believed to have acquired natural immunity to the virus.

Anyone who has received the two doses of immunization or the ones that have naturally acquired it are immune to the virus. Those that haven’t been immunized are at high risk of contracting the virus.

Measles symptoms appear within 21 days of exposure (to the infected air), stated York Region Public Health. Dr. Karim Kurji stated in the news release that people who haven’t been immunized would experience the following symptoms:

“Symptoms of measles include high fever, 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 on the body. Anyone showing symptoms of measles should call their health-care provider immediately and advise them they may have been exposed to the measles virus.”

The officials stated that York Region has no evidence of other cases of measles at this time.

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Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.


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