Travelers possibly exposed to measles according to Ottawa Public Health

Travelers possibly exposed to measles according to Ottawa Public Health

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) said Friday night that people traveling on two flights from WestJet to and from Ottawa could potentially have been exposed to measles.

Two WestJet flights in service on March 22 would be affected. WestJet flight WS610 from Calgary at 10:15 am and arriving at Ottawa at 15:47 and WestJet WS369 flight WS369 from Ottawa at 4:40 pm and arriving in Toronto at 5:42 pm are affected by The City of Ottawa.

Ottawa Public Health advises members of the public who have taken these flights to be alert to any signs and symptoms of measles. No confirmed cases have yet been reported in Ottawa to date, but this preventive opinion follows a Toronto Public Health survey of measles cases.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that is transmitted through coughing and sneezing of an infected person. Anyone who has not received two doses of measles vaccine or has never had measles in the past may be infected.

Children under one year of age, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems are at greatest risk for serious measles infection.

The two identified flights, both on March 22, are:

  • WestJet WS610, which departed Calgary at 10:15 a.m. and arrived in Ottawa at 3:47 p.m.
  • WestJet WS369, which departed Ottawa at 4:40 p.m. and arrived in Toronto at 5:42 p.m.

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