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Travelled Through Iceland with Measles

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A passenger who flew to Iceland last week has since been diagnosed with measles, CBC reports. The traveller flew from Kyiv, Ukraine to Berlin, Germany, then to Reykjavík before arriving at his final destination of Toronto, Canada.

Measles is a highly contagious infectious disease caused by the measles virus. Toronto Public Health warns that anyone who has not had two doses of the measles vaccine or who has not had measles in the past is at risk. Passengers on the following flights are being warned of possible exposure:

Ukraine International Airlines flight PS423 from Kyiv to Berlin.

Icelandair flight FI529 from Berlin to Iceland.

Icelandair flight FI603 from Reykjavík to Toronto.

Passengers who may have been exposed to the virus are advised to check their immunization and watch for symptoms including fever, sore eyes, and a red rash. A dose of the vaccine is only effective within three days of exposure to the virus.

According to Morgunblaðið, Iceland had three confirmed cases of measles in 2017. The Icelandic population has a high rate of vaccination against the disease, or nearly 95 percent.

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