Measles Case Confirmed In Ottawa: Alert To Public

Renfrew County’s Health Unit is urging everyone to ensure they have their measles vaccinations updated.

A case of the highly contagious respiratory disease was confirmed on Wednesday night in Ottawa, prompting the city’s public health agency to send out an alert.

Officials aren't confirming if the infected person is a child or an adult.

However, there are a few locations where people may have been exposed to the person at certain times last week.

All are in the west end of the city.

Ottawa Public Health says these are the specific times and locations:

  • March 26, 2019, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m: 40 Hines Rd - lobby, elevator or ground floor
  • March 27, 2019, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m: 40 Hines Rd - lobby, elevator or ground floor
  • March 28, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m: Real Canadian Superstore, 760 Eagleson Rd
  • March 28, 2019, 5:30 p.m – 9 p.m: Ottawa West Travel Clinic, 760 Eagleson Rd 2nd 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 Skin and Tissue Clinic

Ottawa Public Health says anyone who was at these location at those times AND falls into one of the following categories, should contact them 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 with you when you visited one of the above locations.

OPH says "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".

Officials say anyone who believes they have measles should isolate themselves by staying home and avoiding all contact with unimmunized persons.

They also say anyone in this situation should call ahead before visiting their 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", notes a news release from Ottawa Public Health.

"Measles is more severe in adults and infants than in children and can lead to complications."