Alberta Health Services Warns St. Albert Residents Over Measles Exposure

Alberta Health Services (AHS) warns that an individual who was at the Sturgeon Community Hospital Emergency Department was diagnosed with measles after it was confirmed in the lab. AHS stated that people who were at the Sturgeon Community Hospital Emergency Department on the following days might have been exposed to measles:

May 31: 9:54 p.m – 11:59 p.m.

June 1: 12:00 a.m. – 3:44 p.m.

June 3: 1:12 a.m. and 7:52 a.m.

Authorities stated that whoever was at the emergency department at the Sturgeon Community Hospital during those days and hours, who were born after 1970 and never had measles or never received two doses of measles vaccine might be at risk of getting it.

AHS advised individuals to monitor themselves and see if they have symptoms for 21 days after a possible exposure. This means that whoever was exposed on June 3, they will have to monitor the symptoms up to 24 June.

Call Health Link For Guidance

If patients develop measles symptoms, they must stay home and call Health Link at 811 to get guidance before visiting a healthcare facility or provider.

Here are some of the symptoms for measles:

Fever of 38.3 C or higher, coughing, runny nose or red eyes and red rash that appears 3-7 days after the fever. The rash will appear behind the ears, on the face, and then it will spread to the body, arms, and legs.

AHS is looking to identify the people that might have been exposed to measles.

They also warn that anyone present in those days and hours should call Health Link. Pregnant women, immunocompromised people, or those that took had infants under one-year-old with them and haven’t yet been contacted by AHS are urged to call Health Link, as measles can have more severe symptoms.

AHS said that measles is not treatable, only preventable through immunization. The vaccines are free and first given to children at 12 months of age, then the second one is given at 4-6 years old.

Rex Austin

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