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Hundreds of Students Suspended From School for Inadequate Immunizations

3/27/2014

CTV Ontario, Canada 
March 26, 2014

More than 500 students across Waterloo Region in Ontario, Canada were sent home from school Wednesday because they were not up to date on their vaccinations.

Nearly 2,000 students received suspension orders last week.

That was before a case of measles was confirmed in the region Wednesday.

Region of Waterloo Public Health says a University of Waterloo student acquired the illness during a recent trip to Europe.

While infectious, the student attended a psychology class at Waterloo (section 292) and used a Grand River Transit bus in the King/University area.

Both exposures occurred Feb. 25 between 10 and 11 a.m.

No other cases have been confirmed.

"We haven't seen any secondary cases and we would have expected secondary cases to appear by March 18," said Kristy Shute of Waterloo Region Public Health.

Common symptoms include a cough, runny nose and fever, followed by a high fever and red rash within two to four days.

Most Waterloo Region residents are believed to be immunized against measles – which is highly contagious among unimmunized populations.

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