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Confirmed case of measles prompts public alert to potential exposures

January 28, 2016

CALGARY – British Columbia health officials have advised Alberta Health Services (AHS) that an individual with lab-confirmed measles visited Calgary, while infectious.

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

Date(s): Exposure Location: Exposure Time Period:
January 15, 2016 Forbidden City Dim Sum & Seafood
999 36 St N.E., Calgary
6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
January 15 – January 18, 2016 Waterfront Condos
222 Riverfront Avenue S.W., Calgary
12 a.m., January 15 through 10 a.m., January 18 (inclusive)
January 18, 2016 Calgary International Airport 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
January 18, 2016 WestJet Flight WS287
Calgary to Vancouver
Flight duration (departed Calgary at 11:35 a.m.)

Individuals who were in the above-noted locations at the time frames indicated 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.

These individuals are advised 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 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, 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 the attached Q & A document.

Please note: additional exposure settings related to this case, outside of Alberta, can be found online at: http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/news-releases/2016/passengers-on-westjet-flight-ws-287-from-calgary-to-vancouver-on-january-18th-2016-may-have-been-exposed-to-measles  

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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Related Video:

Dr. Nicholas Etches speaks to media about this measles exposure.

For media inquiries, contact:

Shannon M. Evans
AHS Communications
403-618-1960