Ottawa Public Health says it is investigating three related cases of measles in Ottawa and Lanark County.

The cases are in unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated people who have not received all of their required measles vaccines.

OPH says the risk of contracting measles in Ottawa and Lanark County is low for those who have been vaccinated.

Measles is a virus that lives in the nose and throat mucus of an infected person and can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. It can lead to ear infections, pneumonia, swelling of the brain and even death.

Possible exposure locations and dates/times:

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), 401 Smyth Rd, Ottawa

  • Emergency Room: August 22, 2016, 2 p.m. to August 23, 2016, 2:30 a.m.
  • Inpatient Ward 4 East:   August 23, 2016, midnight to August 23, 2016, 11:59 p.m., August 25, 2016, 8 a.m. to August 28, 2016, 8 p.m.

The Ottawa Hospital (General Campus), 501 Smyth Road, Ottawa

  • Emergency Room:August 23, 2016, noon to August 24, 2016,1 a.m.
  • Module G:August 26, 2016, 9 a.m. to noon

Carleton Place Hospital, 211 Lake Ave E, Carleton Place

  • September 1, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to noon

Carlingwood Shopping Centre, 2121 Carling Ave, Ottawa

  • August 31, 2016, 1 to 6 p.m.

Kanata Superstore, 760 Eagleson Road, Kanata

  • August 31, 2016, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The Lone Star Restaurant, 4048 Carling Ave, Kanata

  • August 31, 2016 at 5 to 8 p.m.

Symptoms of measles:

  • 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 think you may have been in contact, call your local health unit.

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

Before seeing your health care provider, be sure to let them know you're coming if you think you or someone in your family may have measles.