Health officials have issued a public advisory after confirming a case of measles in the Edmonton area.
On Monday, Alberta Health Services said a person with a lab-confirmed case of measles had been in public in Sherwood Park, Nisku and Edmonton while infectious.
The health authority released a list of times and locations, many in Sherwood Park, where potential exposures occurred between May 9 and 17.
Measles is an extremely contagious disease that spreads through the air. While there is no treatment for measles, it can be prevented through immunization.
“Individuals who were exposed between May 9-17 are no longer eligible for preventative vaccine as the vaccine would not be effective to prevent measles from this exposure,” the advisory states.
They were still encouraged to review their immunization history and arrange vaccination if they have yet to receive two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.
AHS also said anyone who was in the above locations during the noted timeframes who was born after 1970, has not already had measles and has not received two doses of the vaccine may be at risk for developing the disease.
Anyone fitting that description was advised to monitor themselves for symptoms, which include a fever of 38.3 C or higher accompanied by a cough, runny nose and/or red eyes and a red, blotchy rash that appears three to seven days after fever develops. The rash begins to appear behind the ears and on the face before spreading down the body, ending on the arms and legs.
Anyone showing those symptoms should stay home and call Health Link at 811 before visiting any health-care facility.
People who are pregnant, under one year of age, or have a weakened immune systems were encouraged to contact Health Link as the may be eligible for medication to prevent measles.
Children usually receive their first dose of the measles vaccine when they turn one, with a second dose administer between the ages of four and six.
Medical officer of health Christopher Sikora is scheduled to hold a media conference on the measles case at 1 p.m. at the University of Alberta Hospital.
Alberta Health Services has confirmed that an individual with lab-confirmed measles has been in public settings in Sherwood Park, Nisku and Edmonton this month while infectious.
In a health advisory issued Monday, AHS provided a list of dates and locations that the person with measles was in public places.
The places include a shopping mall, a restaurant, a construction company, a drug store and two hospital emergency departments.
Other people who were in the same places during those dates and times may have been exposed to measles, an extremely contagious disease which is spread easily through the air. There is no treatment for measles but it can be prevented through immunization.
Medical officer of Health Dr. Christopher Sikora will answer questions from reporters at 1 p.m. Monday, AHS said.
May 16: Strathcona County Health Centre emergency department, 2 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park; 8 p.m. until May 17, 5:30 p.m.
May 17: University of Alberta Hospital emergency department, 8440 112th St., Edmonton; 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Individuals who were exposed to measles during this period, May 9 to May 17, are no longer eligible for preventative vaccine as it would not be effective, AHS said.
They are still encouraged to review their immunization history and arrange vaccination if they have not received two doses of MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.
AHS said anyone with questions should call Health Link at 811 before visiting any healthcare facility or provider.
Individuals who were in the Shoppers Drug Mart on May 15, Carmacks Construction on May 16, the Strathcona County Health Centre emergency department on May 16 and May 17, and the U of A Hospital emergency department on May 17 and who are pregnant, under one year of age, or who have a weakened immune system due to disease or medication are encouraged to contact Health Link at 811 for further assessment.
Albertans uncertain of their own or their child's immunization history can call Health Link at 811 to discuss.
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