Measles not present in at risk individual
The results of laboratory testing confirm a local individual considered at risk for measles does not have the virus. The individual in question attended Wiarton Hospital Emergency Department on Wednesday, May 16. Laboratory tests for measles were ordered by the attending physician. Results confirm no measles present.
Public Health staff worked throughout the long weekend to notify all individuals who may have been in contact with the suspect case. In collaboration with the local hospital and the provincial public health lab, lab testing was expedited and negative results were shared with affected individuals.
“Although the last measles case in Grey-Bruce was in 1996, there is measles activity in Ontario. In fact, measles is circulating in many countries and I encourage anyone who is travelling to ensure they are protected against measles before they go,” says Denna Leach.
For more information, contact Denna Leach, Infectious Diseases Program, Grey Bruce Health Unit: 519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1462 or D.Leach@publichealthgreybruce.on.ca.