NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. – Three more probable cases of measles were reported by Saskatchewan’s Prairie North Health Region (PNHR) on Wednesday.
The region reported one case last week which has been confirmed.
All four patients involved in PNHR are under the age of 16 and were not immunized prior.
According to the Saskatchewan ministry of health, the province has had 12 confirmed cases so far this year. In 2013, there was one measles case.
Health officials say measles is a highly contagious virus and a potentially serious disease that is easily transmitted through the air.
PNHR is taking steps to notify members of the public who may have been exposed in Lloydminster and St. Walburg, Sask.
Here’s an updated list of public locations and times:
St. Walburg School, 3rd Avenue East, St. Walburg
- April 17
St. Walburg Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption, 2nd Avenue West, St. Walburg
- April 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tim Horton’s, Highway 17 South, 3902 – 50 Avenue, Lloydminster
- April 23, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Real Canadian Superstore, 5031 – 44 Street, Lloydminster
- April 23, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Safeway, 5211 – 44 Street, Lloydminster
- April 23, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Giant Tiger, 4719 – 50 Avenue, Lloydminster
- April 23, 3 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Boston Pizza, 6303 – 44 Street, Lloydminster
- April 21, 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Mark’s Work Wearhouse, 4213 – 70 Avenue, Lloydminster
- April 21, 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
WalMart, Highway 16 & 70 Avenue, Lloydminster
- April 21, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
McDonalds Restaurant, south side, Lloydminster
- April 21, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
People who were present at these times should check for symptoms which include high fever, cough, runny nose and a rash.
The earliest someone will show symptoms is one week after exposure.
If symptoms develop, contact health care providers before attending so precautions can be put in place to minimize transmission.
The ministry is reminding people to keep their immunizations up-to-date.
PNHR says people born before 1970, are assumed to have developed a natural immunity to measles.
For more information contact HealthLine at 811 or visit online.