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Confirmed case of measles prompts public alert to potential exposures

March 30, 2019

CALGARY – Alberta Health Services (AHS) has confirmed that an individual with lab-confirmed measles has been in public settings in Calgary while infectious.

Individuals who were in the below-noted locations during the specified dates and times may have been exposed to measles:

March 26:
Exposure Location: Peter Lougheed Centre Emergency Department
Exposure Time Period: 7:00 a.m to 6:40 p.m.

March 27:
Exposure Location: Peter Lougheed Centre Outpatient Waiting Room
Exposure Time Period: 10:50 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Exposure Location: Peter Lougheed Centre Outpatient Laboratory
Exposure Time Period: 3:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Exposure Location: Alberta Provincial Laboratories (formerly Calgary Lab Services)
McKnight Village Clinic, 5426 Falsbridge Drive, NE
Exposure Time Period: 6:30 a.m. to 8:35 a.m.

Exposure Location: McDonald’s Restaurant
2680 52nd Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta
Exposure Time Period: 7:00 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.

March 28:
Exposure Location: Alberta Provincial Laboratories (formerly Calgary Lab Services), Beddington Clinic, 209-8120 Beddington Blvd NW
Exposure Time Period: 7:15 a.m. to 9:40 a.m.

Exposure Location: Alberta Provincial Laboratories (formerly Calgary Lab Services), Sunridge Clinic, 3, 2681-36 Street NE
Exposure Time Period: 3:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

March 29:
Exposure Location: Peter Lougheed Centre Emergency Department
Exposure Time Period: 6:20 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.

Exposure Location: Peter Lougheed Centre Outpatient Waiting Room
Exposure Time Period 09:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Individuals who were exposed on March 29th, in the locations and timeframes noted above, AND do not have history of receiving two doses of measles-containing vaccine, will be offered immunization April 1, 2019 at Brentwood Village Mall AHS Immunization Clinic at 302 3630 Brentwood Road NW from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm as a preventative measure. It is imperative that only those who are eligible, as per the above criteria, attend this clinic. This ensures AHS has the opportunity to immunize those who can still benefit, at this time, from the preventative treatment.

Individuals who were exposed on dates before March 29th, are no longer eligible for preventative vaccine; however, they are still encouraged to review their immunization history, and call Health Link for advice.
Additionally, 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.

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 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.

Individuals who were in the Calgary locations between March 26 – March 29 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 as these individuals may be eligible for prophylactic medication to prevent measles.

Measles is an extremely contagious disease and is 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 Health Link at 811 to discuss. For further information on routine childhood immunization, visit www.immunizealberta.ca. For additional information on measles disease, visit www.albertahealthservices.ca/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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To arrange interviews with Dr. Karla Gustafson, Medical Officer of Health, AHS Calgary Zone, please contact Francis Silvaggio, with AHS Communications, directly at 587-892-5963 or Francis.Silvaggio@ahs.ca.