Red Deer measles alert issued for potential exposures
People in Red Deer may have been exposed to a probable case of measles, according to Alberta Health Services.
Officials are warning of possible exposure for people who were at the following locations. They may be at risk for developing measles:
- Real Canadian Superstore, including Horizon Family Medicine (5016 - 51 Ave. Red Deer) — March 26, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Village Mall Medical Clinic (#22 6320 - 50 Ave., Red Deer) — March 27, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; March 30, 2014, from noon to 4 p.m.
- Dynalife laboratory (#101 5002 - 55 St., Red Deer) — March 28, 2014, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
People affected by the alert are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms of measles and, if symptoms do develop, they are advised to stay home and call Health Link Alberta (1-866-408-5465) before visiting any health care facility or provider.
Symptoms of measles include a fever of 38.3 C or higher, a cough, runny nose or red eyes, and a red blotchy rash that appears three to seven days after the fever starts.
The rash begins behind the ears and on the face and spreads down the body to the arms and legs.
Measles is extremely contagious and spreads easily through the air. There is no treatment but it can be prevented by immunization.