AHS releases additional measles exposure locations

Alberta Health Services has added additional locations to a list of places people may have been exposed to the measles in the Edmonton area.

AHS says a person with a lab-confirmed case of measles visited the following locations:

  • May 9
  • Smilie’s Village, 981 Fir Street, Sherwood Park – 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • May 10 
  • Oscar’s Pub 221 Chippewa Road, Sherwood Park – 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Over the weekend, AHS said that a person with a lab-confirmed case of measles had visited a number of locations in Edmonton, Sherwood Park and Nisku including:

  • May 9
  • Sherwood Park Mall – 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • May 10
  • Sherwood Park Mall – 3 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • May 11
  • Sherwood Park Mall – 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Smilie’s Village, Sherwood Park – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • May 15
  • Shoppers Drug Mart at 2020 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park – 9 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
  • May 16
  • Carmacks Construction at 701 25 Avenue, Nisku – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Strathcona Community Hospital, 9000 Emerald Drive, Sherwood Park – 8 p.m. to May 17, 5:30 p.m.
  • May 17
  • University of Alberta Hospital Emergency Department – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

AHS said those who were exposed between May 9 and 17 are no longer eligible for preventative vaccine as it would not be effective, but that these individuals should review their immunization history and arrange vaccination if they have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine.

People who were born after 1970 may still be at risk for developing measles–even if they were not at the above locations–if they have not had measles previously or received two doses of the measles vaccine.

Symptoms can include a fever above 38.3 C; a cough, runny nose and/or red eyes; and a red blotchy rash that appears three to seven days after the fever starts. The rash most commonly begins behind the ears and on the face, and spreads down the body to arms and legs.

As well, people who were at the above locations and who are pregnant, less than one year old or have a weakened immune system due to disease or medication are recommended to call Health Link at 811 for further assessment. They may be eligible for prophylactic medication to prevent measles.

More information regarding immunization history and vaccination can be found by calling Health Link at 811 or online.