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Measles spreading, four new cases confirmed

More cases expected

Five cases of measles have been confirmed in Niagara Region and all students who have not been vaccinated and who may have been exposed are required to stay out of school.

Two schools in Niagara Falls are affected as of Monday, St. Michael High School and Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Two cases from those schools were confirmed by Niagara Region Public Health Department Saturday.

Public Health confirmed Monday afternoon that the three newest cases are linked to the first case reported early this month.

Full information is available from the Public Health Department website.

“Measles is in Niagara and we expect to see more cases”, states Dr. Valerie Jaeger, Medical Officer of Health in a news release Monday afternoon.

“Therefore, what is now important isn’t really the details of each case but rather that residents take the necessary precautions of having their measles vaccination up to date”.

Measles is highly contagious and people can be exposed to it anywhere, the release states. Niagara Public Health strongly recommends people be vaccinated through their doctors, walk-in clinics and Public Health offices.

Niagara Public Health will continue to monitor the outbreak and trace contacts of infected people.

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