Confirmed case of measles prompts public alert to potential exposure

Friday, July 13th, 2018 7:41pm



Alberta Health Services has confirmed that an individual with lab-confirmed measles has been in several public settings in the Jasper area, while infectious.

Individuals who were in the below noted location on the dates and in the time-periods specified, may have been exposed to measles:

1. Smitty’s Restaurant, 109 Miette Ave, Jasper

July 4, 2018 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

July 5, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

2. Smitty’s Restaurant, 445 Gregg Ave, Hinton

July 5, 2018 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

3. CN Station, 607 Connaught Dr, Jasper

July 4, 2018 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

July 5, 2018 11:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

4. Ranchers Sports Bar and Grill, 438 Smith St, Hinton

July 4, 2018 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

5. Holiday Inn Express, 462 Smith St, Hinton

July 4, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.

July 5, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 9 p.m. - 11 p.m.

July 6, 2018 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

6. Tim Hortons, 201 54 St, Edson

o July 6, 2018 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Individuals are at risk of developing measles if: they were in the above locations in the timeframes noted AND they were born after 1970 AND they have not already had measles disease or have not received two doses of measles vaccine.

All individuals are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms of measles for 21 days after the date of their potential exposure, which could be up to July 27 for those last exposed on July 6. If symptoms of measles do develop, these individuals are asked to stay home and call Health Link at 811 immediately, before visiting any healthcare facility or provider.

Symptoms of measles include:

  • fever of 38.3° C or higher; and
  • cough, runny nose and/or red eyes; and
  • a red blotchy rash that appears three to seven days after fever starts, beginning behind the ears and on the face and spreading down the body and then to the arms and legs.

Measles is an extremely contagious disease, spread easily through the air. There is no treatment for measles; however, it can be prevented through immunization.

In Alberta, measles vaccine is offered, free of charge, through Alberta’s publicly funded immunization program. Children in Alberta typically receive their first dose of measles vaccine at 12 months of age, and their second dose between the ages of four and six years.

Albertans uncertain of their immunization history, or their child’s immunization history, can call their local public health office or Health Link (811) to discuss.