People in Fort McMurray are being warned about possible exposures to measles after the first northern Alberta case was confirmed on Friday.
Dr. Albert de Villiers, medical officer of health for the North Zone, said the case involves an adult woman who contracted the disease internationally.
He wouldn't say where the woman contracted the disease but says it is unrelated to other cases in the province. No flight information was included in the warning because she wasn’t infectious while she was travelling.
People who were in the following locations at the these times are asked to watch for symptoms:
- Wood Buffalo Transit System – bus route #41 (Stone Creek), Fort McMurray, April 28 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 29 from 3:15 p.m. to 7 p.m, April 30 from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., May 1 from 1:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
- Wood Buffalo Transit System – bus route #1A (Mainline Express), Fort McMurray April 29 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Wood Buffalo Transit System – bus route #1B (Mainline Express), Fort McMurray April 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., May 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- St. Martha School, 102 Parsons Creek Dr., Fort McMurray, April 28 from 7:50 a.m. to 10:05 a.m., April 30 from 7:50 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.
- Northside Medical Clinic, Suite 614-8600 Franklin Ave, Fort McMurray on May 1 – 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Northern Lights Regional Health Centre Emergency Department, 7 Hospital Street, Fort McMurray on May 5 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
De Villiers says that anyone who suspects they may have measles should call Health Link or their doctor first to make arrangements for coming in to prevent someone infecting others while sitting in a waiting room.
AHS will also be providing additional immunization clinics in Fort McMurray over the next week at the Community Health Services building, located at 113 Thickwood Boulevard, from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.