A public alert has been issued by Alberta Health Services after a lab-confirmed case of measles popped up over the weekend.
Anyone who was at the Real Canadian Superstore on Southport Road S.W. on the night of Jan. 19, 2018 between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m may have been exposed.
AHS says a young girl, who recently traveled to India, is believed to have originally exposed to measles while traveling by plane from London to Calgary on British Airways flight 103 on January 10.
Officials say no one who she came into contact with in India has shown signs of contracting the disease.
“The warning is really, at this point, being directed to the individuals that might have been at the Superstore on January 19th,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Judy MacDonald. “Other people on that flight might also have been exposed so it’s a reminder to watch for symptoms for anyone who was on that flight.”
MacDonald says they’re still trying to determine where the strain or genome of measles originated.
Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, and a red blotchy rash.
Those born after 1970, and who have not already had measles or received the vaccine, could be at risk. These individuals are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms of measles. If symptoms of measles do develop, these individuals are advised to stay home and call Health Link at 811, before visiting any healthcare facility or provider.
Calgary last had a lab-confirmed case of measles in April 2017 and MacDonald says it is very rare.
“There are a couple of other spots, when she sought health care and we can determine who exactly was exposed there and we’re in touch with those individuals,” she said.
“People need to be reminded that measles is a very infectious disease but it’s easy to protect yourself and others against measles, the most important thing is to have vaccine.”
In Alberta, measles vaccine is offered free of charge. For further information visit www.immunizealberta.ca.