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Measles Update - March 10, 2014
Ottawa Public Health update:

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is investigating a second reported case of measles who was in contact with the case we reported on March 5th. The affected person is in an unimmunized classmate that has become ill with clinically compatible signs and symptoms of measles

Secondary cases are not uncommon as measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease where virtually all those who are not immune and come into contact with the virus will become infected. We strongly encourage all residents to consider vaccination as a way to protect themselves and their families against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. If you are unsure of your vaccination status or your children’s, please discuss with your healthcare practitioner. For more information about measles or immunization, you can also visit our website or call OPH’s information line to speak with a nurse at 613-580-6744

We are maintaining a high degree of suspicion throughout our investigation as more cases can be expected. Early symptoms of measles may include fever, cough, and 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 doctor so they can take precautions to protect other patients.
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