Thin-section transmission electron micrograph showing the ultrastructural appearance of a single virus particle of measles virus. Alberta Health Services is warning the public of possible exposure to measles after a Central Alberta person contracted the virus and two probable cases have been identified.

Measles exposure alert issued

Alberta Health Services is warning the public of possible exposure to measles after a Central Alberta person contracted the virus and two probable cases have been identified.

Alberta Health Services is warning the public of possible exposure to measles after a Central Alberta person contracted the virus and two probable cases have been identified.

AHS is asking individuals who were at several locations over one week earlier this month — in Red Deer, Stettler and Camrose— and who have not been vaccinated against the disease to watch for symptoms.

Dr. Digby Horne, Central Zone medical officer of health, said on Wednesday that there is no cure for measles but there is a vaccine (two doses) recommended to everyone born in 1970 or later. People born before then are considered to likely be immune. Measles is extremely contagious and spread through the air.

“Occasionally people who have had two doses could become infected but usually they would have less severe disease. But the highest risk is for people who have not received any doses or one dose of the vaccine,” said Horne.

Horne said measles is not common in Alberta but there were cases in Southern Alberta before Christmas and most recently in Calgary. He said it came from the Philippines.

Horne said they are not aware of where the three people in Central Alberta contracted the disease.

Two cases have not been confirmed as measles at the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg but Horne said they are pretty sure they will be confirmed.

“There’s no one in serious condition that we are aware of currently,” said Horne.

He noted that vaccine will not protect those who may have already been exposed to measles.

“You can get vaccine after exposure but it has to be done within 72 hours and we’re beyond that time frame right now,” said Horne. “If they wanted to get immunized, it may prevent against future exposures.”

Those with symptoms are asked to stay home initially and contact Health Link Alberta (1-866-408-5465) before visiting any health-care facility or to check on your immunization record. Horne said staff at Health Link Alberta will be able to assess the situation.

Symptoms include: a fever of 38.3C or higher, a cough, runny nose and/or red eyes and a red blotchy rash that appears three to seven days after the fever starts, and sensitive eyes.

Measles can cause certain complications in people under the age of five or over 20 and can lead to miscarriage, premature babies, pneumonia and one in 1,000 can develop inflammation of the brain and encephalitis.

Individuals who were at CrossRoads Church, Red Deer City Hall, the Red Deer south Walmart (at 2010 50th Ave.), Staples, Scott’s Parables, Costco and Red Deer Key Hole on Feb. 3 may be at risk. No specific time frame was provided.

Individuals who were at the Bower Place Shopping Centre from Feb. 3 to Feb. 7 between 8:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. are also at risk for exposure.

In Stettler, individuals who were at Walmart and Sobeys on Feb. 2 are at risk.

In Camrose, people who were at the Tim Hortons, Subway and the Camrose Community Field House on Feb. 1 are at risk.

crhyno@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

MADD Red Deer chapter hosting candlelight vigil Saturday

This weekend, central Albertans will remember their loved ones who were killed… Continue reading

Two in five indebted Canadians don’t ever expect to escape debt, says survey

TORONTO — A new survey says 40 per cent of indebted Canadians… Continue reading

‘I was bawling’: Injured Bronco’s mother stunned by his progress after surgery

The mother of a hockey player paralyzed in the Humboldt Broncos bus… Continue reading

Red Deer artists celebrate the beauty of food creation — and consumption

Issy Covey and Susan Barker’s joint exhibit, Into the Kitchen, runs to Dec. 22

CAT aims for Whole-In-One in next dinner theatre comedy

It runs Nov. 29-Dec. 21 at Black Knight Inn

Fashion Fridays: Holiday outfits on a budget

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Nov. 19 The Mountview Sunnybrook Community Association will hold its AGM at… Continue reading

Opinion: Freeland has plenty to do, but little guidance from PM

Justin Trudeau frittered away a full month after the election to come… Continue reading

Kelowna picked to host 2021 Brier

Kelowna, B.C., is set to host the Canadian men’s curling championship for… Continue reading

Opinion: Progress at city hall provides good reason for optimism

In May, the City of Red Deer hired its new city manager,… Continue reading

Canada wins doubles match to advance to Davis Cup semifinals

MADRID — Canada has advanced to the semifinals at the Davis Cup… Continue reading

Nova Scotia’s Barbara Hannigan already has a Grammy, but this nod is especially personal

Picking up her third Grammy nomination is wonderful in itself, but for… Continue reading

Some binge-worthy options for holiday gift season

NEW YORK — Chances are there’s at least one TV binger on… Continue reading

Humphries formally selected for USA Bobsled’s national team

Kaillie Humphries is officially part of USA Bobsled’s national team. The two-time… Continue reading

Most Read