Ottawa Public Health confirms measles case in Ottawa

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- Maryland's Department of Health is issuing a warning after confirming a case of measles. However, businesses in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan could be affected.

Officials also say individuals who may have been exposed at additional locations are being directly notified.

Health officials in Rockland County announced Wednesday the number of confirmed cases there has risen to 161, up ten from a report two weeks ago.

Dallas County reported its first confirmed case of measles since 2017 on Thursday. "If you haven't had your kids vaccinated, contact your GP surgery to make arrangement for them to get the MMR and help to provide them and those around them with the best protection".

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus.

There have been measles outbreaks in British Columbia and across the United States.

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High fever (may spike to over 104˚F).

Under the declaration, which lasts for at least 30 days, anyone under 18 who is not vaccinated against measles is barred from public gathering places, including shopping malls, civic centres, schools, restaurants and even houses of worship.

A letter has been sent out to parents of school-aged children from SD-60 and Northern Health regarding the Provincial government's initiative to catch-up all school-age children (K-12) with measles vaccines. After about five days, the rash fades in the same order in which it appeared.

Queensland Health's acting Communicable Diseases Branch medical director Jonathan Malo said he was concerned that because measles was much less common than in previous generations, people were not aware of how serious a disease it could be. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if immune globulin is right for you.

For more information about measles, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2170/ and http://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html . Be prepared to describe your symptoms and alert your doctor if you think you have been in contact with an infected person. Highrisk individuals include those who are unvaccinated or unsure about vaccination status, pregnant women and those who are immune-compromised (have a weakened immune system due to illness and diseases like HIV, malnutrition and/or medications).

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