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Update on measles case in Ottawa

Posted Friday, April 05, 2019

To: Ottawa Physicians
From: Dr. Robin Taylor, Associate Medical Officer of Health
Subject: Update on measles case in Ottawa

Dear Colleagues,

We are contacting you to provide an update regarding the case of measles in Ottawa. We have received questions specifically related to offering MMR immunizations for infants aged 6-12 months. At this time, Ottawa Public Health is NOT recommending any change to the Ontario Immunization schedule. Routinely, infants aged 6-12 months should...

One confirmed case of measles in Ottawa

Posted Thursday, April 04, 2019

To: Ottawa Physicians
From: Dr. Robin Taylor, Associate Medical Officer of Health
Subject: One confirmed case of measles in Ottawa

Read the latest update on the measles investigation at OttawaPublicHealth.ca/Measles

Dear Colleagues,

One case of international-travel related measles has been reported to Ottawa Public Health. We are writing because other persons have been exposed to measles in Ottawa including The Queensway Carleton Hospital. Secondary cases from this exposure...

Epidemiologically-linked clinical cases of hepatitis A in Ottawa

Posted Friday, January 18, 2019

To: Family Physicians, Infectious Diseases Specialists, Emergency Physicians, Emergency Departments
From: Dr. Monir Taha, Associate Medical Officer of Health
Subject: Hepatitis A

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is writing to alert you to two epidemiologically-linked, clinical cases of hepatitis A in the 4 to 5-year-old age group in Ottawa. OPH has offered hepatitis A vaccination to child and adult contacts of these cases; however, additional cases may be possible.

At very young...

Pre/Perinatal Care Update: opting-out of Ophthalmia Neonatorum prophylaxis

Posted Wednesday, January 02, 2019

To: Ottawa obstetricians, family physicians, and midwives
From: Dr. Geneviève Cadieux, Associate Medical Officer of Health
Subject: Pre/Perinatal Care Update: opting-out of Ophthalmia Neonatorum prophylaxis

Effective January 1, 2019, parents may request to opt-out of the mandatory prophylactic ophthalmic ointment to prevent transmission of Ophthalmia Neonatorum. This is due to an amendment to Regulation 557 Communicable Diseases – General under the Health...

Influenza season predicted to peak between late December and mid-January

Posted Monday, December 17, 2018

To: Ottawa Healthcare Providers
From: Dr. Geneviève Cadieux, Associate Medical Officer of Health
Subject: Influenza season predicted to peak between late December and mid-January

2018-2019 influenza season predicted to peak between late December and mid-January

  • Current influenza surveillance data, combined with experience from past years, indicates that influenza activity will peak between late December and mid January.
  • Peak influenza activity is typically associated with increased...

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