Ottawa residents asked to check vaccine records to prevent local measles spread

Measles Outbreaks in 2019 Outpace Total for 2018, 2nd Highest Since Disease Eliminated in U.S.

Measles Outbreaks in 2019 Outpace Total for 2018, 2nd Highest Since Disease Eliminated in U.S.

The Health Service Executive has confirmed an outbreak of measles in Dublin with 10 cases identified since February.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that, for just the first quarter alone, 2019 already has the second-highest number of recorded cases of measles since the disease was considered eradicated from the 2000. Anyone who was there between 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. might have been exposed, the public health agency said.

Born in or after 1970 and never received a measles-containing vaccine.

What's next: The AMA is urging physicians to talk with their patients about vaccine safety and effectiveness and explain the individual and public health risks associated with skipping immunization. Ottawa Public Health also strongly encouraged people to ensure they are vaccinated.

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They are advising people who think they have measles to stay at home and to contact their GP for advice. CHEO posted signs on its emergency department doors Thursday asking anyone believed to be at risk of exposure to enter through the ambulance entrance to limit potential spread.

If you develop any symptoms of measles, please call your doctor's office immediately to let them know of your condition. Some are unaware of it. That makes them more vulnerable to contracting measles virus, which is easily spread and can linger in the air for up to two hours after an infected person has left an area.

Anyone who was at one of the locations and falls into one of the categories below is being asked to call public health at 613-580-6744. "For everybody who is eligible to get the vaccine, we want them to be fully immunized". That includes NY, where a state of emergency declaration last week over a measles outbreak in Rockland County also banned unvaccinated kids from public places.

"The best protection is to be vaccinated with MMR (Measles, Mumps, and Rubella) vaccine".

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