CALGARY—Alberta Health Services says someone with a confirmed case of measles visited a series of locations in both Calgary and Cochrane while infectious over the past week.
The individual, who isn’t identified by AHS, visited a multi-business facility in Cochrane for roughly 11 hours on March 5, 6 and 11. They also visited a Tim Hortons, the Cumbrian Arms Pub, Yoshi Grill, Save-on-Foods and a Rexall Pharmacy in the town during that time, according to an AHS advisory.
On March 12, the individual visited several Calgary locations: Cabela’s between 12:45 p.m. and 3 p.m., Re:Grub Deerfoot City from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., and the Bella Concert Hall from 7:15 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
AHS is offering measles immunization for anyone at these locations during this time who haven’t received a measles-containing vaccine at Brentwood Mall AHS Immunization Clinic on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Those exposed on other dates aren’t eligible for the preventative vaccine, AHS said, but should still review their immunization history.
Anyone born after 1970 who attended these locations who hasn’t received two doses of measles vaccine (or contracted the disease itself) may be at risk for developing it, the advisory said. Others at risk include those who are pregnant, under the age of 1, or who have a weakened immune system.
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The disease’s symptoms include running a fever of 38.3 C or higher, coughing, a runny nose, red eyes, and a red blotchy rash which starts three days to a week after the fever starts. It begins behind the ears and on the face and spreads down the body, the AHS advisory said.
Thursday’s advisory comes several weeks after AHS warned the Edmonton area about potential measles exposure after a traveller carrying the infection passed through the city’s airport and several locations in Leduc. The passenger had flown through Vancouver International Airport to Edmonton, on their way to the Northwest Territories.
With files from Kash Fida and Omar Mosleh
Brennan Doherty is a work and wealth reporter with Star Calgary. Follow him on Twitter: @bren_doherty