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Confirmed case of measles prompts public alert to potential exposure (St. Albert)

June 6, 2018

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) has confirmed that an individual with lab-confirmed measles has been in several public settings in Edmonton Zone, 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 31, 2018:

Exposure Location: The Sturgeon Community Hospital Emergency Department (201 Boudreau Rd, St. Albert)
Exposure Time Period: 9:54 p.m. – 11:59 p.m.

  • June 01, 2018:

    Exposure Location: The Sturgeon Community Hospital Emergency Department (201 Boudreau Rd, St. Albert)
    Exposure Time Period: 12:00 a.m. – 3:44 p.m.

  • June 03, 2018:

    Exposure Location: The Sturgeon Community Hospital Emergency Department (201 Boudreau Rd, St. Albert)
    Exposure Time Period: 1:12 a.m. – 7:52 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.

All 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 24, 2018 for those last exposed on June 3. 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.

AHS is following up directly with identified individuals who were potentially exposed to this case at the Sturgeon Community Hospital ED and in other settings.

If you were present in the hospital ED during those dates and times and are pregnant, immunocompromised or those that had infants under one year of age present, and have not yet received a phone call from AHS Public Health, please call Health Link (811) to self-identify for assessment, as you may still be eligible for prophylaxis.

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, please see the attached Q & A document.

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:

Kerry Williamson
AHS Communications
780-613-8822