News Release: Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Issues Warning for Possible Measles Exposure

For Immediate Release  
Friday, January 26, 2024 | 4:00 p.m. | Windsor and Essex County

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU) is issuing a warning to travelers and anyone who may have been exposed to measles infection at the following locations: 

  • Flight Lufthansa LH1661 from Timisoara Traian Vuia International Airport (TSR/LRTR), Romania, to Munich Airport (MU), Germany, on January 11, 2024, Departure time 6:14 AM (EET), Arrival time 6:22 AM (CET).
  • Flight Air Canada LH6790 from Munich Airport (MU), Germany, to Pearson International Airport (YYX), Canada, on January 11, 2024, Departure time 12:37 PM (CET), Arrival time 3:02 PM (EST).
  • Highway 401 westbound ONroute location West Lorn on January 11, 2024, from approximately 8:30 PM to 10:40 PM (EST)
  • A&R Medical Centre located at 1800 Tecumseh West in Windsor on January 15, 2024, from approximately 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST).

The WECHU reminds those who may have been exposed to the infection to monitor for symptoms of measles that may appear 7 to 21 days after exposure. Symptoms can include a fever, runny nose, cough, drowsiness, irritability, and red eyes. A red rash appears on the face 3 to 7 days after the start of the above symptoms. The rash may start from the face and progress down the body. If you develop these symptoms, contact your health care provider.

The measles virus spreads easily in the air when an infected person coughs, talks, or sneezes, and then another person breathes in the virus particles in the air even up to 2 hours after the person with the infection has left a closed space. It can also be spread by direct contact with the secretions from the infected person’s mouth or nose. 

Anyone who has not had measles or has not been vaccinated against measles can become sick. Please contact your health care provider to confirm whether you are immune to measles.

Infants less than 12 months of age, pregnant people and immune-compromised individuals who have been exposed to measles should consult with their health care provider for individual medical advice.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30am to 4:30pm, at 519-258-2146 extension 1420. For more information on the measles virus, please go to the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website at