Public health unit issues measles advisory

public health unitThe Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit (CKPHU) is advising that an individual infected with measles may have exposed community members to the virus at the time and location listed below. The CKPHU is advising these people, and the broader community, to be aware of the signs and symptoms of measles, as this list may not include all possible exposures.

Measles is spread through the air. Complications of measles can include pneumonia, ear infections, brain infections, other infections and in rare cases, death.

Individuals who have received two doses of measles-containing vaccine, or who have been previously infected with measles, or who were born before 1970, are generally protected from infection. Location and time of possible exposure:

  • Blenheim Arena 199 King St., Blenheim, Ontario

Saturday, March 15, 2021 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The CKPHU is contacting individuals known to have been exposed to the virus who were at Blenheim Arena between those times.

As a precaution, the community is being asked to watch for the signs and symptoms of measles and to follow the recommendations below when seeking health care should these develop.

Symptoms to look for:

  • Fever, cough and runny nose
  • Red, irritated eyes and light sensitivity
  • Small white, grey or blue spots in the mouth
  • Red, blotchy rash, which is the last symptom to appear. The rash appears on the face and then spreads down over the body, and will begin to fade after about a week.