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AHS warns potential risks of measles in Calgary


Measles, mumps and rubella is seen on the table in the clinic of pediatrics in Greenbrae, California. February 6, 2015.

Eric Risberg / The Associated Press

Alberta Health Services has issued a warning after patients with measles during the four days visiting several public buildings and facilities, potentially exposing other highly contagious virus.

Public Health Agency said individual visited several places between Tuesday and Friday, including Peter Lougheed Hospital, a number of provincial laboratory facilities and a restaurant.

Dr. Karla Gustafsson, medical healthcare worker with AHS Calgary area, the agency wants Alberta to check their records and vaccines if they were in these places, they can call Health Link, to help confirm its status as a vaccine for people those born after 1970

"We always encourage Albertans to be aware of their vaccines," she said.

Gustafsson said preliminary measles warning issued this month for Calgary and Cochrane did not lead to any local spread of the virus and has nothing to do with this case Calgary.

Anyone who has been potentially exposed to Friday, and has a history of receiving two doses of measles containing vaccine is now offered immunization on Monday at the clinic immunization Brentwood Village Mall AHS from 11 am to 6:30 pm

Those who may have come into contact with an infected person before Friday are not eligible for a preventive vaccine, but are recommended to review its history of immunization and health call for a reference to the 811 Board.

And also, who were born after 1970, are potentially intersect with the carrier may be at risk of measles if they have not had the disease or have not received two doses of measles vaccine.

Symptoms of measles include a fever of 38.3 C or higher, cough, runny nose, red eyes and a red blotchy rash on the skin, which is a & # 39 is from three to seven days after the onset of fever, extending from behind the ears and on the face down to the the rest of the body.

Gustafsson said symptoms may develop within 10 days after infection.

"For people who develop these symptoms and who may have been exposed, we recommend that you contact Health Link, before you see a doctor," she said.

Pregnant women, children under one year and those with a weakened immune system due to disease or medications that are potentially exposed are advised to stay at home and call Health Link before visiting the medical institution.

There is no treatment for measles, but it can be prevented by immunization.

Gustafsson said you're traveling outside of North America should be aware that there are a large number of cases of measles in various locations around the world, and to ensure that their vaccine before the date of the previous international travel.

Below is a & # 39; sites visited by an infected person over a period of four days in Calgary:

March 26

Peter Lougheed Center emergency department, 7 a.m at 6:40 pm

March 27

Peter Lougheed Center outpatient waiting room, 10:50 am to 4 pm

Peter Lougheed Center outpatient laboratory, 3 pm to 5:15 pm

Alberta Provincial Laboratories (formerly Calgary Lab Services), McKnight Village clinic, 5426 Falsbridge Drive, N.E., 6:30 am to 8:35 am

McDonald's restaurant, 2680 52nd Street N.E. Calgary, Alberta, 7 am to 9:40 am

March 28

Alberta Provincial Laboratory (formerly Calgary Lab Services), Beddington Clinic, 209 8120 Beddington Blvd N.W., 07:15 am to 9:40 am

Alberta Provincial Laboratory (Calgary previously Lab Services), Sunridge clinic, 3, 2681 36 Street N.E., 3:45 pm to 6:15 pm

March 29

Peter Lougheed Center Emergency Department, 6:20 pm to 8:40 pm

Peter Lougheed Center outpatient waiting room, 9 am to 5:15 pm

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