Mar 13, 2015

By Michael Kramer

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The confirmed number of measles cases in Quebec is now up to 136 – from 119 earlier in the week – and health officials are bracing for even more.

In an update today they said all of the cases are from northeast of Montreal – affecting people who haven’t been vaccinated against the disease.

They are centred on one religious group from the region, La Mission de L’Esprit-Saint.

Authorities say the outbreak is part of one chain of transmission – that began when a person with the group became infected at Disneyland in California – and returned to the province.

A vaccination program was started yesterday at a Joliette school – that had been visited by a child who had measles.

According to health officials, 10 pupils are still forbidden from attending the school –  because their parents didn’t want them to be vaccinated – and seven pupils were absent or didn’t have the proper documentation.

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