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Measles: Virus Has Reached Toronto

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Published on February 06, 2015 with No Comments

Amidst the measles outbreak spreading over the United States, Toronto public health officials confirm that there are four measles cases in the city. Apparently, two children who are under two years old and two adults from different families got infected with the virus.

 

The public health officials are investigating the incident because all four patients came from different families and they suggest that the culprit in the infections may have spread the virus at different occasions. Up to date, the person who had spread the virus has not yet been identified.

Officials announced the incident in order to warn the public that measles might be circulating in the city because of the still unidentified person with the disease. Measles is a highly contagious disease that can be spread through droplets in the air.

According to the World Health Organization, measles is one of the leading causes of deaths among children and infants. There is still no known treatment for measles but an effective measles vaccine is widely available to prevent contracting the potentially fatal virus. In 2013, there were 145, 700 measles deaths globally and that is about 400 deaths every day or 16 deaths every hour.

 

 

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