Measles: second case in Ottawa prompts reminder in Renfrew County

Another case of measles in Ottawa has Renfrew County health officials reminding people about vaccinations.

The case reported in Ottawa over the weekend is the second confirmed case of the highly contagious respiratory disease reported in Ottawa in the past week.

Here is the information from Ottawa Public Health about both cases of measles and the locations and times when the exposed people were near other members of the public: 

http://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/measles-red-measles.aspx

The Renfrew County & District Health Unit says our region has one of the best compliances rates for measles vaccinations in the school aged population, at 97.7%.

“This is an opportunity for parents to make sure their children’s vaccinations are up-to-date, and that they are protected against measles”, states a release from the Health Unit.

It also notes that anyone who has concerns can contact the Renfrew County and District Health Unit for general information, but people should check with their doctors for specific advice.

“If you believe you have been exposed to the measles virus it is important that you contact your health care provider before going to their office or visiting the emergency department, as special precautions may need to be taken when you arrive, to ensure for the safety of the staff and other patients”, says Courtney Trombley, Manager, Infectious Diseases.