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Case of measles confirmed in AHS Calgary Zone

April 11, 2017

Public alerted to a potential exposure location

CALGARY – Alberta Health Services (AHS) has confirmed a case of measles in the Calgary Zone and is advising the public of a potential exposure location.

Individuals who were in the below-noted location on the date and in the time period specified may have been exposed to measles:

LOCATION: Shoppers Drug Mart, #198 8060 Silver Springs Blvd. N.W., Calgary
DATE/TIME: Sunday, April 2, 2017, from noon to 2:30 p.m.

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

These individuals are asked to call Health Link at 811 and inform Health Link of their name and contact information. This will allow AHS to complete its list of individuals potentially exposed to this case.

AHS will also be directly contacting additional individuals exposed to this case in other closed settings; however, because AHS does have the ability to personally identify and directly contact those individuals exposed in other settings, those settings are not of concern or risk to the general public and are not noted in this advisory.

As always, anyone exposed to measles is reminded to monitor themselves for symptoms of measles. If symptoms of measles do develop, these individuals are advised to stay home and call Health Link at 811 before visiting any healthcare facility or provider. This will help reduce the risk of further spread of measles.

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, 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.

Albertans 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 Frequently Asked Questions here.

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
403-618-1960