New case of measles confirmed in Edmonton Zone

News Release

New case of measles confirmed in Edmonton Zone: public alerted to potential exposures

May 14, 2014

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services (AHS) has confirmed a new case of measles in the Edmonton Zone, and is advising the public of potential exposure locations. Individuals who were in the following locations, on the dates and time frames noted, may have been exposed to measles:

Grey Nuns Hospital Emergency Department –1100 Youville Drive N.W., Edmonton

  • May 5th – 7 p.m. until May 6 – 1:30 a.m.

Grey Nuns Hospital – Unit 33 (3rd floor) –1100 Youville Drive NW, Edmonton

  • May 7th – 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Dr. Bhambhani’s Medical Office – #209, 9252 – 34 Avenue, Edmonton

  • May 10th – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Dynalife Laboratory – Tawa Centre – 3011 – 66 Street, Edmonton

  • May 11th – 10:50 p.m. until May 12 – 1:10 a.m.

Dr. Bhambhani’s Medical Office – #209, 9252 – 34 Avenue, Edmonton

  • May 12th – 3:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Individuals who were in the above locations within the noted time frames 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 Alberta
(1-866-408-5465) 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 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 born in or after 1970, who have not already received both doses of measles vaccine, are also eligible to receive the vaccine, free of charge.

During times of measles outbreak, measles vaccine eligibility can be expanded. Please visitwww.albertahealthservices.ca/measles for complete vaccine eligibility details, at this time.

Measles vaccine is offered by appointment through local public health offices/community health centres.

Albertans uncertain of their immunization history, or their child’s immunization history, should call their local public health office or Health Link Alberta (1-866-408-5465) to discuss.

For additional information on measles disease, please 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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