If you were out and about in Edmonton last week, you may want to get yourself checked for measles. According to Alberta Health Services (AHS), a case of measles has been confirmed in Edmonton and St. Albert. AHS has released a warning, outlining all of the local places that the infected individual went to in order to help you determine if you may have been exposed to the measles in Edmonton.
The health authority is warning the community that a case of measles has been confirmed and anyone who went to certain locations identified in St. Albert and Edmonton from January 31 to February 3 may have been exposed.
Lab-confirmed results have determined that an individual visited a number of places while infected.
Altogether, five places across the two cities have been exposed to measles.
With the public's health and safety in mind, AHS has released exposure locations and periods. They are stating that if you found yourself in any of the outlined places during the exposure time, you may have been exposed to measles.
The first was on January 31 at the Real Canadian Superstore in St. Albert between 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
On the same day, the individual also visited Chapters in St. Albert between 3:15 to 6 p.m.
Also in St. Albert on February 2, the individual visited the Italian Bakery’s Mercato from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The other two potentially-exposed locations are in Edmonton.
Both are massive and have a large number of people that pass through on a daily basis.
The AHS website states the exposures both took place on February 3.
The first location was at the University of Alberta Hospital on the main floor between 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
It is believed that the individual with lab-confirmed measles was at the gift shop, main cafeteria, information desk and the surrounding area, north elevators and the public washrooms, east hospital entrance, the main floor area around the McMullen Gallery, and the main hallway from the 112 Street entrance to the Stollery and Adult emergency rooms.
They also visited the Stollery Children’s Hospital anywhere from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
AHS is stating that if you may have been exposed during the February 2 or 3 dates and have no history of receiving a measles vaccine, you should contact Health Link at 811 for assessment.
However, should you have been exposed on dates before February 1, you are no longer eligible for the preventive vaccine.
Though, the health authority would still like you to call Health Link for advice.
Symptoms of measles can include a high fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and red blotchy rashes that appears three to seven days after a fever starts.
These spots will typically begin behind the ears and on the face and soon spread down the body.
Measles is extremely contagious and spreads easily through the air.
Last year around this time, there were growing cases of measles outbreaks in Canada.
They even spread from the Vancouver International Airport to Edmonton.
During the outbreak last year, there was an 83.1% vaccination rate for measles in Vancouver.
Narcity has reached out to the exposure locations listed above for comment and will update this story when we receive a response.