Health Unit is Keeping a Close Eye on Measles
Renfrew County has some of the best immunization coverage in the province.
That’s coming from Courtney Trombley, Manager of Infectious Diseases for Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU).
She says that even though Renfrew County has an excellent 97.7% rate of compliance for vaccines that can fight measles, people should still be aware of the symptoms.
Trombley says symptoms can be very general such as a runny nose, low-grade fever, coughing, and it could develop into more specific issues like a rash or Koplik spots. These are white spots that could be found inside your mouth she says.
After 2 cases of measles broke out in Ottawa last week, she says that they are following up with people who have been at exposed locations. No cases have been found in Renfrew County so far.
“Nurses have been taking calls from the public and we assess the risk of infection if they’ve been at an exposure location that Ottawa Public Health has specified” she says. Even though Renfrew County has one of the best immunization coverage rates in the province, she says that given the proximity to Ottawa, they are not letting their guards down.