Laval measles warning expands to 12 locations
Published Sunday, June 30, 2019 2:47PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, July 3, 2019 7:39AM EDT
Two people who were contagious with the measles exposed passersby at a dozen locations in Laval in the past week.
Quebec's Ministry of Health and Social Services said a person carrying the virus who is considered contagious visited the Carrefour Laval shopping centre on Wednesday, while a second person was in multiple locations throughout the week.
People who visited the Second Cup café near Carrefour Laval’s Gate 2, or the corridor and common areas near that entrance, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, could be at risk of exposure.
On Monday, the ministry added to the list of places that may have been contaminated.
- The Walmart at 700 Chomedey Highway on June 13 between 1:30 and 3:15 p.m.
And on June 26:
- L'Oeufrier Restaurant and on des Laurentides Blvd. between 7 and 8:40 a.m.
- STL bus 70 between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
- STL bus 20 between 12:15 and 1:00 p.m.
- Laval Excellence Gymnastics Club between noon and 4:30 p.m.
- STL bus 70 towards Montmorency metro between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m.
- Dollarama on des Laurentides Blvd. between 4:50 and 6:20 p.m.
On June 29:
- Proxim Pharmacy between 10:30 and 11:45 a.m.
Not everyone can be immunized
The ministry noted that babies under one-year-old, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women who aren’t adequately vaccinated against measles are at heightened risk and should contact Info-Sante 811 to quickly receive an antibody injection before Wednesday July 3.
Other potentially exposed people should stay on the lookout for symptoms, which may take a week to two weeks to manifest, according to the ministry.
Among those exposed at Carrefour Laval were Dr. Chris Karatzios, a pediatrician at the Montreal Children's Hospital, and his two-month-old daughter who is too young to be immunized.
"We took our child and our family to a one-hour outing in Carrefour Laval on June 13th when the first exposure happened so we were affected. We had to bring our child to the emergency room to get immunoglobulin so we're waiting now," said Dr. Karatzios.
"It's almost ironic but it puts things into perspective for me. I tell people, I'm not arrogantly preaching get your kids vaccinated or this will happen - but it happened to me."
The main symptoms of measles are severe fever and redness on the body.
Carrefour Laval employees and people who may have come in contact with the infected person elsewhere have already received treatment.
Measles is a serious illness and can cause complications. Anyone who is unsure if they are protected can also call 811 for advice.