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UPDATE: Ninth measles case confirmed for Edmonton region

Potential exposure sites include west and southeast Edmonton

By: Amy Crofts

  |  Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 09:19 am

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Alberta Health Services officials confirmed the ninth measles case in the Edmonton zone Wednesday afternoon. Several of the potential exposure locations are in southeast Edmonton.

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.

 

AHS officials said at this time, the case does not appear to be travel related and is linked to a previously confirmed case in the Edmonton zone. The individual was not immunized.

Potential exposure sites for the eighth measles case confirmed Tuesday, include:

Red Rooster Convenience Store – 87 Avenue and 180 Street, Edmonton 
May 6th – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Royal Bank Meadowlark – 157 Street and 87 Avenue, Edmonton
May 9th – 4:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
 West Edmonton Mall 8882-170 Street, Edmonton
May 10th – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Wal-Mart 18521 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton
May 10th – 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Tim Horton’s (in Wal-Mart) 18521 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton
May 10th – 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Westgate Medicentre 9540 163 Street, Edmonton
May 10th – 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Rexall Pharmacy 163 Street and 96 Avenue, Edmonton 
May 10th – 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Misericordia Community Hospital Emergency Department 16940 87 Ave, Edmonton
May 11th– 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

AHS declared a measles outbreak in the Edmonton zone last month. As of May 13, 26 measles cases have been confirmed in the province.

Officials are recommending infants between six months and less than 12 months of age who are living in or travelling to the Calgary, central or Edmonton zones, are eligible for an early additional dose of measles vaccine.

 

The additional early dose will provide short-term added protection to infants who are otherwise vulnerable during this time of increased risk of exposure to disease. Those who receive the additional early dose will still be required to receive the two routinely recommended doses of measles vaccine, administered at 12 months of age and between four and six years of age.

Children aged four and older, who are attending day cares, day homes and schools within the outbreak areas, and have not yet received their second dose of measles vaccine, are advised to receive it as soon as possible.

AHS continues to advise all Albertans to ensure they are up-to-date on all immunizations. Individuals born in or after 1970 require two documented doses of measles vaccine to be protected.

Symptoms of measles include a fever of 38.3 C or higher, cough, runny nose and/or red eyes, and a red, blotchy rash that appears three to seven days after fever starts. The rash begins behind the ears and on the face and spreads down the body and then to the arms and legs.

If you have symptoms of the measles, AHS advises you to stay home and call Health Link Alberta (1-866-408-5465) before visiting any health-care facility or provider.


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