2 more measles cases identified in Edmonton-Zone children

Two young children, one an infant, the other preschool-aged, have been confirmed as Edmonton’s newest confirmed measles cases.

Children visited Edmonton, Sherwood Park and Grande Prairie before diagnosed

Two young children – one an infant, the other preschool-aged – have been confirmed as the Edmonton Zone's newest confirmed measles cases.

The children visited multiple locations spanning Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Sherwood Park before being diagnosed.

Alberta Health Services officials say the infant had not been immunized.

The older child had recently received one dose of the vaccine within days of becoming ill, so was not fully protected against the virus, said Marcia Johnson, the medical officer of health in the Edmonton Zone.

Both children are now recovering at home.

AHS is advising anyone who visited the locations below at the specified times to be on the lookout for symptoms:

  • May 16: West Edmonton Mall (8882 - 170th Street) from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • May 17: Prairie Mall (11801 - 100th Street, Grande Prairie) from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • May 20: Synergy Wellness Centre (501 Bethel Drive, Sherwood Park) from 1:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • May 20: Grande Prairie Army and Navy Club (10117 - 93rd Street, Grande Prairie) from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Symptoms of measles include a fever, cough, runny nose and a blotchy, red rash that appears three to seven days after the fever begins.

Edmonton, Calgary and central Alta. remain under the measles outbreak declared on April 29.

Johnson said the outbreak status would not be called off until six weeks pass with no new cases of the virus being reported.

As of May 26, the AHS website said there were 30 confirmed cases of the virus in the province. 

These two newest cases bring Edmonton's total to 13.