April 24, 2014 4:01 pm

Eighth case of measles confirmed in Calgary

CALGARY – Alberta Health Services has confirmed another case of measles in Calgary.

Officials say the patient hadn’t been vaccinated.

This latest case brings the total number of confirmed cases in Alberta to 20 – with eight confirmed cases in Calgary, five in Edmonton, and seven throughout the rest of the province.

Officials say the patient in this most recent case had not travelled, but had visited multiple public settings and may have exposed others to the illness. The locations are:

Asian Buffet – 9125 Bonaventure Drive S.E.., Calgary

  • April 8 – 11 a.m. to midnight
  • April 10 – 11 a.m. to midnight
  • April 11 – 11 a.m. to midnight
  • April 12 – 11 a.m. to midnight
  • April 13 – 11 a.m. to midnight
  • April 15 – 11 a.m. to midnight
  • April 17 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Long’s Chinese Food – 1448 – 17 Ave S.W., Calgary

  • April 9 – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Castello Ristorante 405 Spray Avenue, Banff

  • April 14 – 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

South Silk Road Chinese Restaurant – 823 – 14 St. N.W., Calgary

Measles can be avoided through immunizations, and the latest rash of cases has prompted some to wonder if it should be mandatory for students. That is already the case in Ontario, and experts warn more needs to be done here in Alberta.

“I think regardless of what anyone says, at some point the government may want to put more stringent measures in place,” says Ubaka Ogbogu, health policy ethicist at the University of Alberta.

READ MORE: How do health officials reverse an anti-vaccination movement?

Symptoms of Measles:

Fever of 38.3° C or higher, 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 to the body and then to the arms and legs.

How do I know if I was immunized?

Albertans uncertain of their immunization history, or their child’s immunization history, can call their local public health office or Health Link Alberta (1.866.408.5465) to discuss.

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