Via The Toronto Star: Measles outbreak in Philippines slowly spreading to Canada. Excerpt:
Health officials are warning Toronto clinicians to be on alert for measles, as a widespread outbreak in the Philippines that reportedly killed more than two dozen children last year seems to be slowly spreading to Canada.
Toronto Public Health issued a surveillance alert Monday after a 1-year-old was infected while visiting in Manila before returning to Canada. It is the sixth imported case of measles in Canada so far this year, all linked to visits to the Philippines.
“The child is recovering after a brief hospitalization,” according to the alert. No one from TPH was available for comment Monday afternoon.
“Measles remains rare in Toronto but clinicians are reminded of the continued risk of importation and further spread,” the alert continued. “Please ensure that your patients are fully protected by providing all eligible patients with two doses of measles-containing vaccine . . . as this remains the best protection against infection with measles.”