SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016

Officials confirm case of measles in Ottawa

Ottawa Public Health said on Wednesday that it is investigating a laboratory-confirmed case of measles in an unimmunized child in Ottawa, Canada.

The child acquired the illness during travel to the Philippines, which is currently experiencing a widespread and significant measles outbreak. OPH is notifying individuals who were present at certain clinics and may have been exposed to the child.

The child was at the Med-Team Clinic on Kakulu Road on February 25 between 8:45 a.m. and noon, the Active Care Clinic on Klondike Road on February 27 between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the emergency room of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario on February 28 between noon and 2:20 p.m.

The child attends St. Stephen Catholic School in Stittsville and the OPH is working with the school to notify and inform potentially exposed staff and students.

While measles is rare in the Americas, cases related to travel continue to occur. The last case of measles reported in Ottawa occurred in February 2011 and was travel-related.

The measles virus is transmitted by direct contact with an infected person or airborne droplets of the virus. Measles is more severe in infants and adults than in children. The disease can lead to ear infections, pneumonia, swelling of the brain and death.