8th case of measles confirmed in Edmonton
Patient visited West Edmonton Mall prior to being diagnosed
Alberta Health Services is warning about the risk of measles once more after an eighth case was confirmed in Edmonton.
Dr. Marcia Johnson, the Edmonton Zone Medical Officer of Health, said the patient is a man in his 30s who contracted the virus in Edmonton.
Prior to getting diagnosed, the man visited several busy areas, including West Edmonton Mall.
“Our understanding is that there was quite a bit of exposure in West Edmonton Mall in terms of moving around from place to place," she said Tuesday.
AHS has released a list of locations where it says people may have been exposed to the virus. They are advising anyone who visited the locations listed below at the specified times to be on the lookout for symptoms.
- May 6: Red Rooster Convenience Store (87th Avenue and 180th Street) frp, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- May 9: Royal Bank Meadowlark (157th Street and 87th Avenue) from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m.
- May 10: West Edmonton Mall (8882 - 170th Street) from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- May 10: Wal-Mart and attached Tim Hortons (18521 Stony Plain Road) from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
- May 10: Westgate Medicentre (9540 - 163rd Street) from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- May 10: Rexall Pharmacy (163rd Street and 96th Avenue) from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- May 11: Misericordia Community Hospital Emergency Department (16940 - 87th Avenue) from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 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.
Outbreak declared in April
AHS officially declared a measles outbreak in Calgary, Edmonton and central Alberta on Apr. 29, prompting many parents with infants between 6 and 12 months old to seek early immunization.
At the time, health officials said the declaration was prompted by "several consecutive weeks in which new cases of measles disease have been confirmed."
As of May 12, the AHS website was reporting 24 confirmed case of the virus. Of those, one was in the north zone, seven in the central zone and nine in the Calgary zone.
Despite a slow down in new cases in recent weeks, Johnson said the outbreak status remains in place.
She said this most recent case may cause an increase in new measles patients, given the long list of possible exposure sites in busy, public areas.