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New measles case emerges

Another person may have caught the measles in Central Alberta.

Alberta Health Services says no new cases have been confirmed but another probable case has emerged, bringing the total to three possible cases.

One person has been confirmed as having the measles.

“If we are still having probable cases that means some people could still be incubating,” said Dr. Ifeoma Achebe, Central Zone medical officer of health. “Measles are infectious four days before the rashes appear and four days after the rashes appear. People can start spreading it even before they know they are sick.”

Achebe said residents are still at risk for exposure. And he said people should call Health Link Alberta (1-866-408-5465) if they think they may have the measles before visiting any health-care providers.

AHS is waiting for confirmation from the National Microbiology Lab on the two cases that were identified last week.

Last week, AHS warned the public of potential exposure to the disease in multiple locations in Red Deer, Stettler and Camrose between Feb. 1 and Feb. 7.

Achebe said immunization is one way of preventing measles and encourages those who have not had their shot to make an appointment. The measles vaccine is offered free of charge through Alberta’s immunization program.

 
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