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Measles case in Edmonton area, alert issued for potential exposures

Last Updated May 20, 2019 at 7:15 pm MDT

EDMONTON – Less than two months after a previous couple of measles cases in Alberta, another has popped up in the Edmonton area.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) says there are a number of potential exposure zones in Edmonton, Nisku, and Sherwood Park that the infected person visited over a nine-day span.

EXPOSURE ZONES

May 9:                

Exposure Location:                 Sherwood Park Mall, 2020 Sherwood Dr., Sherwood Park

Exposure Time Period:           3:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

May 10:                

Exposure Location:                 Sherwood Park Mall, 2020 Sherwood Dr., Sherwood Park

Exposure Time Period:           3:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

May 11:                

Exposure Location:                 Sherwood Park Mall, 2020 Sherwood Dr., Sherwood Park

Exposure Time Period:            2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Exposure Location:                 Smilie’s Village, 981 Fir Street, Sherwood Park

Exposure Time Period:           6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

May 15:                

Exposure Location:                 Shoppers Drug Mart, #500 2020 Sherwood Dr., Sherwood Park

Exposure Time Period:           9:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

May 16:                            

Exposure Location:                 Carmacks Construction 701 25 Ave, Nisku

Exposure Time Period:           4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Exposure Location:                 Strathcona County Health Centre Emergency Dept. 2 Brower Drive, Sherwood Park

Exposure Time Period:           May 16 8:00 pm to May 17 5:30 pm

May 17:                            

Exposure Location:                 University of Alberta Hospital Emergency Dept. 8440-112 St, Edmonton

Exposure Time Period:            4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

RELATED: Another measles case in Alberta

Symptoms might not show yet, says AHS

“Individuals are encouraged to monitor for symptoms for 21 days after the date of potential exposure,” reads a notice from the health agency.

“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.”

AHS says anyone who was at any of the above locations during the select dates and who is pregnant, younger than a year old, or who has a weakened immune system due to disease or medication should contact Health Link for further assessment.

RELATED: Measles exposure in Alberta

The MMR vaccine is free in Alberta. Kids usually get the shot around 12 months of age and a booster around four to six years old. If you’re unsure if you or your child was vaccinated you can reach out to Health Link as well.

For more information on measles, click here.