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Confirmed case of measles prompts public alert to potential exposures

May 15, 2018

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) has confirmed that an individual with lab-confirmed measles has been in several public settings in Edmonton, 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:

May 8, 2018:       

Exposure Location:                 Northgate Mall (9499 137 Ave)

Exposure Time Period:           8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

 

May 9, 2018:

Exposure Location:                 Northgate Mall (9499 137 Ave)

Exposure Time Period:           8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

 

Exposure Location:                 The Misericordia Community Hospital Emergency Department

                                                (16940 87 Ave)

Exposure Time Period:           6:48 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

 

Exposure Location:                 The Misericordia Community Hospital Diagnostic Imaging

                                                (16940 87 Ave)

Exposure Time Period:           11:55 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

 

May 10, 2018:

Exposure Location:                 The Misericordia Community Hospital Emergency Department

                                                (16940 87 Ave)

Exposure Time Period:           12:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

Exposure Location:                 The Misericordia Community Hospital Diagnostic Imaging

                                                (16940 87 Ave)

Exposure Time Period:           12:00 a.m. – 2:25 a.m.

 

Exposure Location:                 The Misericordia Community Hospital Diagnostic Imaging

                                                (16940 87 Ave)

Exposure Time Period:           10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

Exposure Location:                 The Misericordia Community Hospital: Endoscopy, Surgical Day Ward and Day Surgery (including in the waiting room)

                                                (16940 87 Ave)

Exposure Time Period:           2:47 p.m. – 7:58 p.m.

 

May 11, 2018:

Exposure Location:                 Real Canadian Superstore (17303 Stony Plain Rd)

Exposure Time Period:           4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 

Exposure Location:                 The Misericordia Community Hospital Emergency Department

                                                (16940 87 Ave)

Exposure Time Period:           9:50 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

 

May 12, 2018:

Exposure Location:                 The Misericordia Community Hospital Emergency Department

                                                (16940 87 Ave)

Exposure Time Period:           12:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Exposure Location:                 The Misericordia Community Hospital Diagnostic Imaging

                                                (16940 87 Ave)

Exposure Time Period:           3:21 a.m. – 5:51 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.

Note: to any pregnant women or individuals with infants under one-year-old: If you were present at the above Misericordia Community Hospital areas in the timeframes on May 10, 11 or 12: Call Health Link at 811 for assessment, as you may be eligible for preventive treatment.

All other individuals are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms of measles for 21 days after the date of their potential exposure, which could be up to June 2, 2018 for those last exposed on May 12. If symptoms of measles do develop, these individuals are asked to stay home and call Health Link at 811 immediately, before visiting any healthcare 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 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 (811) to discuss.

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

For additional information on measles disease, view Q & A document.

Note to media: Dr. Jasmine Hasselback, Medical Officer of Health, Edmonton Zone, will be available to speak to media at 1:30 p.m., at Coronation Plaza (14310 111 Ave NW).

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:

Kirsten Goruk
AHS Communications
780.613.8823