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Confirmed case of measles prompts public alert to potential exposures

February 24, 2019

EDMONTON – The Public Health Agency of Canada has advised Alberta Health Services (AHS) that an individual with lab-confirmed measles visited Leduc, while infectious.Individuals who were in the below-noted locations on the date and in the time-period specified, may have been exposed to measles:
 
February 12:
Exposure Location:
Vancouver International Airport to Edmonton International Airport
Air Canada Flight AC236
Exposure Time Period:
Departure 10:25 a.m.
Arrival 12:54 p.m.
 
February 12: 
               
Exposure Location:
Edmonton International Airport Hotel Shuttle
Drop off locations:
Paradise Inn and Suites – 7118 Sparrow Dr., Leduc
Crystal Star Inn – 8334 Sparrow Crescent, Leduc
Wyndham Garden Edmonton Airport – 8016 Sparrow Dr., Leduc
Wingate by Wyndham – 7120 Sparrow Dr., Leduc
Exposure Time Period: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
 
February 12:                
Exposure Location:
Walmart Supercentre
5302 Discovery Way, Leduc
Exposure Time Period: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
 
February 13:                
Exposure Location:
Edmonton International Airport Hotel Shuttle
Pick up location:
Crystal Star Inn – 8334 Sparrow Crescent, Leduc
Exposure Time Period: 6:30 a.m. – 7 a.m.
 
February 13:                
Exposure Location: 
Edmonton International Airport
Canadian North Flight #5T-444 to Inuvik
Exposure Time Period: Departure 7:45 a.m.
 
February 12 and 13:                
Exposure Location: Stars Inn Hotel
8332 Sparrow Crescent, Leduc
Exposure Time Period: February 12, 3 p.m. – February 13, 6:30 a.m
 
Individuals who were in the above-noted locations at the time frames indicated 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.
 
Given the timeframe of the potential exposure, post-exposure immunization is not effective. Individuals are encouraged to monitor for symptoms for 21 days after the date of potential exposure, which could be up to March 5, 2019. 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.
 
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 at 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.

Media are invited to the University of Alberta Hospital, 8440 112th Street, Edmonton, today at 1 p.m. where Dr. Gloria Keays - Medical Officer of Health for the Edmonton Zone of Alberta Health Services - will be available to discuss the public alert to potential exposure of measles.
 
An AHS Communications representative will meet media at the entrance.
 
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.

For media inquiries, contact:

Jennifer Vanderlaan
AHS Communications
403-804-6469