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A measles virus is seen through an electron micrograph in a file photo.Cynthia Goldsmith/The Canadian Press

The Manitoba government reported the province's first case of measles of the year Tuesday, but stressed it appeared to be an isolated incident.

The case involved a Winnipeg infant under 12 months old – the age the measles vaccine is typically given – who had recently returned from India.

The child was said to be recovering at home.

"We do believe this was a travel-related case and not a case where they were exposed to the measles virus while in Manitoba, but we're still doing some of the investigation to understand where they were and when," said Dr. Michael Routledge, the province's chief public health officer.

Last year, Manitoba saw its worst outbreak of measles in decades with nine cases which were quickly contained.

Toronto public health officials are reporting several cases of measles, which appear to have been locally transmitted.

Measles can cause a rash, runny nose and cough, as well as more serious complications such as deafness and brain damage.

Doctors in Toronto are responding to a small measles outbreak in which four people – three of whom had not received their measles vaccine – were diagnosed with the infectious disease in less than a week. Health officials announced on Monday that tests confirmed infections in two adults and two children under the age of 2. One case was confirmed on Jan. 29, two on Jan. 30 and one on Feb.1. Public-health officials have not been able to find any connections between the four patients, nor have they been able to determine where they contracted the virus.

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