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Confirmed case of measles prompts public alert to potential exposures

March 14, 2019

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

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

March 5:                
Exposure Location: Tim Hortons, 12 Westside Drive, Cochrane
Exposure Time Period: 8:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Exposure Location: Multi-business facility, 110 – 2 Ave W, Cochrane
Exposure Time Period: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Exposure Location: Cumbrian Arms Pub, 57 W Aasby Rd., Cochrane
Exposure Time Period: 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (March 6)

March 6:                
Exposure Location: Multi-business facility, 110 – 2 Ave. W, Cochrane
Exposure Time Period: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

March 8:   
Exposure Location: Rexall Pharmacy, 305 1 St. W, Cochrane
Exposure Time Period: 1 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.

March 11:  
Exposure Location: Multi-business facility, 110 – 2 Ave. W, Cochrane
Exposure Time Period: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Exposure Location: Yoshi Grill, 204 5 Ave., Cochrane
Exposure Time Period: 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Exposure Location: Save-on-Foods, 65 Bow St., Cochrane
Exposure Time Period: 7:15 p.m. to 10 p.m.

March 12:                            
Exposure Location: Cabela’s, 851 64 Ave. N.E., Calgary
Exposure Time Period: 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Exposure Location: Re:Grub Deerfoot City, 901 64 Ave. N.E. Unit 5113, Calgary
Exposure Time Period: 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Exposure Location: Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University, 4824 Mt. Royal Gate S.W., Calgary
Exposure Time Period: 7:15 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.

Individuals who were exposed on March 12, in the locations and timeframes noted above, AND who have no history of receiving any measles-containing vaccine, will be offered immunization tomorrow from 9:30 to 5 p.m. – as a preventative measure – at Brentwood Mall AHS Immunization Clinic. It is imperative that only those who are eligible, as per this 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 other than March 12, are no longer eligible for preventative vaccine; however, they are still encouraged to review their immunization history, and call Health Link for advice or to book an appointment at their local community health centre.

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 Cochrane and Calgary locations on either March 11 or 12 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.

MEDIA AVAILABLITY: At 1 p.m. this afternoon, Dr. Jia Hu, Medical Officer of Health, AHS Calgary Zone, will be available to discuss this public alert to potential exposure of measles at Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, 1213 – 4 St. S.W. Media are asked to gather at the main entrance (east doors) for escorting to the availability.

For media inquiries, contact:

Kristin Whitworth
AHS Communications
403-671-4397
Kristin.Whitworth@ahs.ca