Alberta Health Services is warning travellers about possible measles exposure after a new case was confirmed. AHS issued a public alert Friday after a person who travelled from Vancouver to Edmonton in February tested positive for the disease.
Anyone who was at the following locations on the dates and times listed may have been exposed to measles:
- Feb. 24: WestJet flight WS 186 from Vancouver to Edmonton (exposure could have occurred during the flight, which departed at 10:20 p.m. PST)
- Feb. 25: Edmonton International Airport between 12:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. MST
Those who were in the above areas at the listed times, who were born after 1970, and have not already had measles or received two doses of the vaccine could be at risk.
AHS will be contacting passengers of Flight WS 186 directly.
However, anyone who was at the Edmonton airport on Feb. 25 between 12:30 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. are asked to call Health Link (811) immediately to be assessed for risk.
Everyone who falls under the potential exposure parameters should monitor themselves for symptoms from now until March 18.
If symptoms of measles develop, individuals are advised to stay home and call Health Link before visiting any health care facility or provider.
Symptoms of measles include a fever of 38.3 C or higher and cough, runny nose and/or red eyes as well as a red blotchy rash that appears three to seven days after the fever starts, usually beginning behind the ears and on the face and spreading to the body.
Measles is extremely contagious and can be spread easily through the air.
There is no treatment, but it can be prevented through immunization.
If you are not sure if you’ve been immunized as a child, call your local health office or Health Link at 811. (Global News)