It was probably the last thing he wanted after coming back from vacation. Global News reported that a Winnipeg man recently caught a case of the measles during a trip to the Philippines. The man brought it back home with him, potentially spreading the virus to hundreds of people along the way.
PUBLIC HEALTH RAISES ALARM ON MEASLES
Manitoba’s Chief Provincial Public Health Officer Brent Roussin stated during an interview with 680 CJOB that a travel-related case of the measles has been identified in Winnipeg.
The Filipino man, who is in his 30s, has since been released from hospital.
People who travel with individuals with measles are at risk from contracting the measles virus, as are airports that the infected individuals pass through.
PHILIPPINES STILL DEALING WITH MEASLES OUTBREAK
The Filipino man had boarded Philippine Airlines PR 116 from Manila on June 24, before arriving at Vancouver International Airport on the same date.
From Vancouver International Airport, the Filipino Man boarded WestJet WJ 458 to Winnipeg, arriving on June 25.
It was determined that the Filipino man had visited Assiniboine Clinic in Winnipeg on June 25, before going to the Health Sciences Centre on the same date.
TRAVELLERS ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION
“Pregnant women, people who have severely compromised immune systems and infants under 12 months of age are at higher risk of complications. Treatment to prevent measles may be recommended for these individuals if given within six days of exposure,” the Office of the Chief Provincial Public Health Officer said in a press release.
MEASLES ISN’T THE ONLY THING YOU HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WHEN TRAVELLING TO THE PHILIPPINES
Aside from measles, the Government of Canada is also warning Canadians visiting the Philippines about Zika virus.
Travellers to the Philippines are advised to consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic six weeks before the date of travel.
Aside from routine vaccines, which must be up-to-date no matter where you go, the Government of Canada also suggests making sure that vaccines are up-to-date before going to the Philippines.
Vaccine preventable diseases found in the Philippines include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Influenza, Japanese encephalitis, rabies and Yellow Fever.
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