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Confirmed cases of measles in Ottawa and Lanark County down to 2

One of three cases of measles confirmed last weekend was determined to be negative after further lab tests, according to Ottawa Public Health.

Exposure to measles no longer suspected at four following locations

A health worker prepares a vaccine against measles at the Benito Juarez international airport in Mexico City July 22, 2011. (Bernardo Montoya/Reuters)

One of three cases of measles confirmed last weekend was determined to be negative after further lab tests, according to Ottawa Public Health.

"This is welcome news in our evolving investigation of the measles outbreak as it reduces the locations where measles exposure may have occurred," the department said in a statement.

Exposure to measles, which is highly contagious, is no longer suspected at the following locations:

  • Carleton Place Hospital; 211 Lake Ave. E, Carleton Place.
  • Carlingwood Shopping Centre; 2121 Carling Ave., Ottawa.
  • Kanata Superstore, 760 Eagleson Rd., Ottawa.
  • Lone Star Restaurant, 4048 Carling Ave., Ottawa.

On Sept. 3, regional health officials confirmed that two children and one adult — who were either were not vaccinated or did not have complete vaccinations in Ottawa and Lanark County — were being treated for measles.

Public health is still warning of possible exposure at the following locations and times:

The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario at 401 Smyth Rd. in Ottawa: 

  • Emergency room: 2 p.m. on Aug. 22 to 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 23.
  • Inpatient ward four east: 12:01 a.m. on Aug. 23 to 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 23; and 8 a.m. on Aug. 25 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 28.

The Ottawa Hospital's General campus at 501 Smyth Rd. in Ottawa:

  • Emergency room: noon on Aug. 23 to 1 a.m. on Aug. 24.
  • Module G: 9 a.m. to noon on Aug. 26.    

Measles, which is one of the leading causes of death of young children worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, is rare in Canada. 

Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed can contact their public health unit:

  • Ottawa Public Health: 613-580-6744.
  • Leeds Grenville Lanark Public Health: 613-345-5685.

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