Ottawa Public Health is warning passengers of several domestic Westjet flights that crossed Canada, to check their immunization records and watch for signs of measles.
This includes flights in and out of YOW (The Ottawa International Airport).
The date was March 22nd and the WestJet flights in question;
#WS610, from Calgary to Ottawa, and flight WS369 from Ottawa to Toronto.
- March 22 – WS450 Abbotsford to Calgary
- March 22 – WS610 Calgary to Ottawa
- March 22 – WS369 Ottawa to Toronto
- March 23 – WS590 Toronto to Montreal
- March 24 – WS581 Montreal to Toronto
- March 24 – WS2668 Toronto to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
- March 24 – WS2669 Providenciales, Turks and Caicos to Toronto
Ottawa health officials say there are no cases of measles yet in Ottawa and that the risk is considered low.
They are also warning members of the public who may have been exposed to measles if they were on other WestJet or Emirates Airline flights earlier this month.
It can take about 7-21 days after contact for the person infected to start seeing symptoms.
Those symptoms usually begin with a fever, runny nose and cough. After a few days a red rash will appear on the face and spreads down the body. Most people recover fully from measles within a couple of weeks, but infants cases are considered more severe and pose the greatest risks.
It appears that ground zero was one, or several of the Westjet crew members.