Edmonton is under alert after a measles case was confirmed recently. An infected person was in three public places in Edmonton last week, which means that there is a high chance that other people are infected as well.
Measles is an extremely contagious disease and that is the reason why doctors are taking extra precautions. “We’re on the extreme side of erring on caution when it comes to measles given how contagious we know it is,” said Dr. Jasmine Hasselback, medical officer of health for the Edmonton zone.
Places that have a higher risk
According to the Alberta Health Services, the infected person visited the Real Canadian Superstore on Stony Plain Road on May 11, the Northgate Mall on May 8 and May 8 and the Misericordia Hospital on May 9, May 10 and May 10.
If you have been in any of those locations, if you haven’t had measles already, if you did have not received two doses of measles vaccine, and if you are born after 1970, you might develop measles as well.
Alberta Health Services believes that the person was not exposed to measles in Canada. “We’re very confident when we look at that timeline, that the period of exposure that resulted in disease aligns well with when they were outside of the country,” Hasselback explained.
Locations and time
Here are the places that were the exposures occurred:
- Northgate Mall – on May 8 between 8:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., on May 9, between 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
- The Real Canadian Superstore (17303 Stony Plain Rd) – on May 11, between 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- The Misericordia Hospital – the Emergency Department, on May 9, 6:48 p.m. – 11:59 p.m., Diagnostic Imaging – 11:55 p.m. – 11:59 p.m., on May 10 the Emergency Department 11 a.m. 8:30 p.m., on May 11, 9:50 p.m. – 11:59 p.m., May 12, 12 a.m. – 9 a.m.
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