May 26th, 2018

Potential exposures: Confirmed measles case in Edmonton prompts public alert

By The Canadian Press on May 15, 2018.

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services has issued a public alert after someone in Edmonton tested positive for measles.

The warning is specific to certain times, locations and dates when others may have been exposed to the infected person.

It says people at risk include anyone who was at Northgate Mall on May 8 or 9, the Real Canadian Superstore (17303 Stony Plain Rd.) on May 11 or the Misericordia Community Hospital’s emergency, diagnostic imaging and day surgery departments between May 9 and May 12.

Officials say only people who were at those locations at certain times could be at risk for developing measles.

They would also have to be born after 1970 and not already had measles or received a measles vaccine.

Officials say measles is extremely contagious and can easily be spread through the air.

Alberta Health Services asks pregnant women or people with infants under a year old who were at the Misericordia Community Hospital on May 10, 11 or 12 to call Health Link at 811 for assessment and potential preventative treatment.

All others are asked to monitor themselves for symptoms for 21 days after potential exposure or until June 2.

Symptoms include a fever higher than 38.3 C, a cough, runny nose and red eyes, and a blotchy red rash that begins three to seven days after the fever starts.

It would start behind the ears on the face and spread down the body to the arms and legs.

Measles can be prevented through immunization.

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