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Measles In Canada: Health Notice Issued For Passengers On 7 WestJet Flights

03/31/2017 03:03 EDT | Updated 04/03/2017 01:30 EDT

A WestJet employee who had the measles may have exposed passengers to the illness on seven flights earlier this month.

As part of its investigation into three cases of measles, Toronto Public Health issued a notice on Thursday about potential public exposure, including on several WestJet planes:

March 22

• WS450, departed Abbottsford, B.C. at 5:49 a.m. and arrived in Calgary at 7:50 a.m.

• WS610, departed Calgary at 10:15 a.m. and arrived in Ottawa at 3:47 p.m.

• WS369, departed Ottawa at 4:40 p.m. and arrived in Toronto at 5:42 p.m.

March 23

• WS590, departed Toronto at 4:27 p.m. and arrived in Montreal at 5:41 p.m.

March 24

• WS581, departed Montreal at 7:55 a.m. and arrived in Toronto at 9:13 a.m.

• WS2668, departed Toronto at 10:16 a.m. and arrived in Turks and Caicos Islands at 1:56 p.m.

• WS2669, departed Turks and Caicos Islands at 2:59 p.m. and arrived in Toronto at 7:15 p.m.

WestJet has started contacting guests on those flights to let them know of the possible exposure, said airline spokeswoman Lauren Stewart in an email to The Huffington Post Canada.

"Health and safety is our top priority and we are working very closely with the Toronto Public Health and following its recommended protocol for managing this situation," she added.

Highly contagious

Measles is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily to those who are not immune or are vulnerable, such as infants, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, said the city news release.

Anyone who has not had two doses of a measles vaccine or who has not had measles in the past is at risk of infection.

Symptoms of measles include high fever, cold-like symptoms such as cough or runny nose, sore eyes or sensitivity to light, and a red rash lasting four to seven days.

Anyone experiencing those symptoms should contact their doctor as soon as possible, and not go to work or school, said Toronto Public Health.