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Confirmed case of measles prompts public alert to potential exposures

March 3, 2017

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) is following up with the public to alert them to a confirmed case of measles in a person who traveled on a flight from Vancouver to Edmonton last month.

Individuals who were in the below noted locations on the dates and in the time-periods specified, may have been exposed to measles:

February 24, 2017:
Exposure Location: WestJet Flight WS 412
Vancouver to Edmonton
Exposure Time Period: Flight duration (departed Vancouver at 10:20 p.m. PST)

February 25, 2017:
Exposure Location: Edmonton International Airport
Exposure Time Period: 12:30 a.m. – 3:30 a.m.

Individuals who were in the above locations in the timeframes noted and who were born after 1970 and have NOT already had measles disease or have NOT received two doses of measles vaccine, may be at risk for developing measles.

Although AHS will be contacting the passengers of Flight WS412 directly, any individuals who were in the Edmonton International Airport on the date and within the timeframe noted above, are asked to call Health Link (811) immediately to be assessed for risk.

ALL individuals who were in the above exposure locations during the noted timeframes are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms of measles from now until March 18. If symptoms of measles do develop, these individuals are advised to stay home and call Health Link at 811, before visiting any health care facility or provider.

Symptoms of Measles include:

  • fever of 38.3° C or higher; and
  • cough, runny nose and/or red eyes; and
  • a red blotchy rash that appears three to seven days after fever starts, usually beginning behind the ears and on the face and spreading down to the body and then to the arms and legs.

Measles is an extremely contagious disease, spread easily through the air. There is no treatment for measles; however, it can be prevented through immunization.

In Alberta, measles vaccine is offered, free of charge, through Alberta’s publicly funded immunization program. Children in Alberta typically receive their first dose of measles vaccine at 12 months of age, and their second dose between the ages of four and six years.

Any Albertan uncertain of their immunization history, or their child’s immunization history, can call their local public health office or Health Link at 811 to discuss.

For further information on routine childhood immunization, visit www.immunizealberta.ca.

For additional information on measles disease, please see the attached Q & A document.

Media interested in speaking with Dr. Joanna Oda, Medical Officer of Health, Edmonton Zone, about this advisory are asked to attend the below availability this afternoon:

DATE: Friday, March 3

TIME: 4:15 p.m.

LOCATION: Conference Room C, main floor, Seventh Street Plaza (10030 107 Street)

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Shannon M. Evans
AHS Communications
403.804.6469