Alberta Health Services (AHS) is warning the public about a laboratory-confirmed measles case in the Calgary area, adding that the public may have been infected.
On Tuesday night, AHS announced that a person with a laboratory-confirmed case of measles had been in a public place while contagious.
According to the agency, the infected person was on Air Canada flight AC206 from Vancouver on November 23rd.
The plane landed in Calgary at 12:45 p.m., and the patient then spent two and a half hours in the domestic arrivals area of Calgary International Airport.
The individual then checked into the Alberta Children’s Hospital emergency room at 4 p.m. on Nov. 24 and spent five and a half hours in the waiting room before being discharged.
AHS said the patient returned to the hospital at 1:15 p.m. on Nov. 27 and spent another three hours in the waiting room.
Health officials said the patient is currently being monitored, but anyone who may have been in the above area during the indicated times should take precautions.
“We strongly encourage anyone who attended these locations during this time to review their immunization records and call HealthLink 811 for advice,” AHS said in a statement.
“People who attend these locations during this time and are born after 1970 or have less than two doses of a measles-containing vaccine may be at risk of developing measles.”
If you have symptoms of measles, such as a fever of 38.3 degrees or higher, a cough, a runny nose or red eyes, or a red patchy rash that appears within 3 to 7 days after fever, please stay home and call 811 instead. Ask for advice. About visiting your health care provider.
“Measles is a highly contagious disease that is easily transmitted through the air. There is no cure, but it can be prevented through vaccination,” AHS said.
Measles vaccinations are free to Albertans, with the first dose usually given to children at 12 months of age and the second dose between the ages of four and six.
AHS says anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to measles may be eligible for vaccination.
“People who have been exposed to fewer than two measles-containing vaccines, are pregnant, are under 1 year of age, or are immunocompromised may be eligible to receive medication to prevent measles. , we recommend that you contact HealthLink.”
For more information about Alberta’s childhood immunization program, please see below. found online.