Measles cases appear to be quiet

As the number of measles cases continues to grow across Canada, things have been quiet recently on the Central Alberta front.

As the number of measles cases continues to grow across Canada, things have been quiet recently on the Central Alberta front.

There have been no new cases reported since the end of February, said Alberta Health Services.

There was a total of three cases in the region this year, confirmed by the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg.

“We linked the cases to one shopping mall, Bower. We’re not 100 per cent sure they were all there at same time but it appears they could have been,” Dr. Digby Horne, Central Zone medical officer of health, said on Wednesday.

“We suspect that there may have been an index case who remains unknown to us who could have possibly infected all three.”

Horne said they do not anticipate any future cases stemming from the first three.

There were also four cases confirmed in Calgary around the same time.

The threat of more Central Albertans contracting the disease is omnipresent, said Horne.

“We’re on the lookout for additional cases because of the number of other cases in Canada and in Europe, the Philippines as well as parts of Africa,” Horne said. “Someone could get off a plane tonight and transmit measles.”

British Columbia’s Fraser Valley had 288 cases as of March 24, along with other smaller outbreaks in Saskatchewan and Ontario.

Last fall, there was an outbreak in Southern Alberta with 42 people affected. That outbreak was declared over by early January.

Measles is relatively rare in Canada thanks to high immunization rates across the country, the Public Health Agency of Canada reported. “However, Canada will continue to see measles cases related to travel to countries where measles is endemic or there are large outbreaks, such as the Philippines and the Netherlands,” the agency stated last week.

Horne said the best way to protect yourself from measles is to be immunized.

A two-dose vaccine is recommended to everyone born in 1970 or after. People born before then are considered to likely be immune. It’s offered free of charge through Alberta’s immunization program.

Measles is extremely contagious and spread through the air. It can lead to pneumonia and, in rare cases, even death.

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.

Just Posted

Eager-beaver cannabis entrepreneurs already waiting outside Red Deer City Hall

Appications will be accepted on a first-come basis starting on Tuesday

Like father like son: Red Deer area Dreeshen family dedicates life to public service

There are three jobs that could be considered the Dreeshen family business:… Continue reading

Restaurant owner concerned about Gasoline Alley road changes

Nearly 20 trucks were lined up on the service road in front… Continue reading

Preliminary hearings set for two men charged in weapons and drugs bust

A Red Deer man and Sylvan Lake man are facing 80 charges

Eight dogs found in Innisfail hotel room were kept in cages

Eight dogs, kept in cages in a small hotel room in Innisfail… Continue reading

WATCH: Hypnotizing show at Westerner Days

Hynotist and mentalist Joshua Seth performs three times a day at Westerner Days

PHOTOS: River Town Saints rock Red Deer

River Town Saints play Westerner Days Friday in Red Deer

PHOTOS: Dogs, horses and more animals at Westerner Days

Westerner Park’s pavilions were filled with animals during Westerner Days

Red Deer residents can’t get enough mini-doughnuts

Mini-doughnuts were the biggest draw to Westerner Days according to a Red… Continue reading

Four-car crash, including RCMP vehicle, on Highway 2

Two sheriff vehicles were also involved in the collision

Divers hunt for 4 after Missouri duck boat sinks, killing 13

BRANSON, Mo. — Divers are searching Friday for four people still missing… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer’s noxious weeds are a goat’s dietary delight

Piper Creek Community Garden gets chemical-free weed control

‘Amazing Race Canada’ competitors face B.C. challenge

They drove Corvettes, mastered falconry basics, and ate blueberry pie in the Cowichan Valley

From hot to not? The Baloney Meter weighs in on Scheer’s economy claims

OTTAWA — “Justin Trudeau inherited a booming economy, but he’s squandering it.… Continue reading

Most Read

Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month