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Confirmed measles case potentially exposes people in nine Cochrane and Calgary locations

Friday, 15 March 2019. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Confirmed measles case potentially exposes people in nine Cochrane and Calgary locations

March 15, 2019 — Information provided by AHS

Alberta Health Services confirmed yesterday that an individual with lab-confirmed measles was in public settings in Cochrane and Calgary, while infectious, between March 5 and 12.

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

Tim Hortons, 12 Westside Drive, Cochrane – March 5 from 8:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

Multi-business facility, 110 - 2 Ave. W, Cochrane – March 5, 6 and 11 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Cumbrian Arms Pub, 57 W Aasby Road, Cochrane – March 5 from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 6

Rexall Pharmacy, 305 1 St. W, Cochrane – March 8 from 1 to 7:15 p.m.

Yoshi Grill, 204 5 Ave., Cochrane – March 11 from 2 to 4:30 p.m.

Save-On-Foods, 65 Bow St., Cochrane – March 11 from 7:15 to 10 p.m.

Cabela’s, 851 64 Ave. N.E., Calgary – March 12 from 12:45 to 3 p.m.

RE:GRUB Deerfoot City, 901 64 Ave. N.E., Unit 5113, Calgary – March 12 from 1 to 3:45 p.m.

Bella Concert Hall, Mount Royal University, 4824 Mt. Royal Gate S.W., Calgary – March 12 from 7:15 to 11:45 p.m.

Alberta Health Services is offering immunizations today (March 15) to those potentially exposed to measles on March 12 at Cabela's (12:45 to 3 p.m.), RE:GRUB Deerfoot City (1 to 3:45 p.m.) or Bella Concert Hall (7:15 to 11:45 p.m.) in Calgary.

Those exposed on that date, during the specified timeframes at each location AND who have no history of receiving any measles-containing vaccine, are offered preventative immunications from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Brentwood Mall AHS Immunization Clinic.

It is imperative that only those who are eligible, as per the exposure criteria, attend this clinic to ensure AHS has the opportunity to immunize those who can still benefit at this time.

Individuals exposed on dates other than March 12 will not benefit from vaccination at this point and are encouraged to review their immunization history and to call Health Link at 811 for advice or to book an appointment at their local community health centre.

Individuals exposed at the above locations and times AND who were born after 1970 and have NOT had measles or have NOT received two doses of measles vaccine, may be at risk for developing the disease.

They are advised to monitor themselves for measles symptoms including:

  • 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.

If symptoms develop, these individuals are advised to stay home and call Health Link at 811 BEFORE visiting any healthcare facility or provider.

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 they 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.