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Measles Alert

April 4, 2019

Update Your Immunization

Notice to residents of Leeds, Grenville and Lanark Counties: There has been a confirmed case of measles in Ottawa. Please read the alert from Ottawa Public Health below about places where individuals might have been exposed to someone with measles while in Ottawa and the advice to check your measles immunization. This is a reminder that measles is still around and it is important to have two doses of measles vaccine if you have not already had measles.

Posted April 4, 2019 at 11:55 a.m.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is investigating one confirmed case of measles in an individual who recently travelled internationally. OPH is working closely with local health care providers and hospitals to contact individuals and families who may have been exposed to the infectious case. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease.

Ongoing updates will be posted at OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Measles

People who were present at the following locations and times were potentially exposed to the measles virus:

  • March 26, 2019, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m: 40 Hines Road – lobby, elevator or ground floor
  • March 27, 2019, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m: 40 Hines Road – lobby, elevator or ground floor
  • March 27, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m: Real Canadian Superstore, 760 Eagleson Road
  • March 27, 2019, 5:30 p.m – 9 p.m: Ottawa West Medical Centre, 760 Eagleson Road Second floor
  • March 30, 2019, 1:00 p.m – 5:45 p.m: Queensway Carleton Hospital Emergency Department
  • April 2, 2019, 9:00 a.m – noon: Queensway Carleton Hospital Ambulatory Care

OPH advises all individuals who were present at these locations, at the times listed above to check their immunization records or contact their health care provider if they are unsure about their immunization status.

If you were at these locations at those times AND you fall into one of the following categories, please contact OPH at 613-580-6744:

  • Born in or after 1970 AND never received a measles-containing vaccine or;
  • Have a weakened immune system or;
  • Are pregnant or;
  • Work in the health care or child care sector or;
  • Had a child under the age of 1 year with you when you visited one of the above locations.

Early symptoms of measles may include fever, cough, or tiny white spots in the mouth. Within three to seven days, a red blotchy rash will appear, first on the face and then spreading to the body, arms and legs. If you believe that you have measles, you should isolate yourself by staying home and avoid all contact with unimmunized persons. Call before visiting your health care provider, so they can take precautions to protect other patients.

The measles virus is transmitted through the air or by direct contact with an infected person. Measles is more severe in adults and infants than in children and can lead to complications. We strongly encourage all residents to consider vaccination as a way to protect yourself and your family against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. If you are unsure of your vaccination status or that of your children, please discuss this with your health care provider.

For additional information on measles and immunization, visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Measles or call the Ottawa Public Health Information Centre at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656).