There have been two separate confirmed cases of measles in the Canadian city of Toronto. The cities health sector has released a statement on Monday, May 13th, that the two cases were travel related. The two cases have been identified as being separate from each other, but the city is releasing precautions to the public about traveling unvaccinated. The Mayor of Toronto, John Tory, has released a statement about his worries toward the increase of measles cases in Toronto. He addressed the growth in cases, as well as general reluctance to get vaccinated. Toronto Public Health has also issued warnings to any individuals who may have contacted with the two cases, in Terminal One of Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, and the London Heathrow Airport.
The two cases contracted the virus from visiting areas in North America and Southeast Asia. Public Health Ontario has released a report that reveals the vaccination rate for Toronto residents. The report shows that in the 2017-18 year, 92 percent of Toronto students have received the vaccination for the measles, mumps, and rubella. Although these are high numbers, Public Health Ontario is trying to raise awareness toward older people who may have got the vaccination once and people who have never got it at all.
According to the World Health Organization, measles outbreaks have risen at alarm rates across the world in 2019. In only the first three months of this year, reports of the measles have increased 300 percent since 2018. Because of large outbreaks in many countries across the world, national health organizations are cracking down on vaccination in schools and clinics. If you plan on traveling soon, health officials have advised that you make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations, as the virus is very contagious in areas of low immunization rates.