May 13, 2014 4:31 pm

UPDATE: West Edmonton Mall one of eight exposure zones in city’s latest measles case

EDMONTON – An eighth case of measles has been confirmed in the Edmonton Zone, and a number of busy spots have been identified as potential exposure zones.

If you were at any of these locations on the dates and times listed below, Alberta Health Services says you may have been exposed to the contagious disease.

Red Rooster Convenience Store – 87 Avenue and 180 Street, Edmonton

  • May 6th – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Royal Bank Meadowlark – 157 Street and 87 Avenue, Edmonton

  • May 9th – 4:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.

West Edmonton Mall 8882-170 Street, Edmonton

  • May 10th – 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wal-Mart 18521 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton

  • May 10th – 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Tim Horton’s (in Wal-Mart) 18521 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton

  • May 10th – 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Westgate Medicentre 9540 163 Street, Edmonton

  • May 10th – 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Rexall Pharmacy 163 Street and 96 Avenue, Edmonton

  • May 10th – 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Misericordia Community Hospital Emergency Department 16940 87 Ave, Edmonton

  • May 11th– 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

“Our understanding is that there was quite a bit of exposure in the West Edmonton Mall, in terms of moving around from place to place…and the time,” said Dr. Marcia Johnson, Medical Officer of Health for the Edmonton Zone.

The patient is a man in his 30s, who is recovering at home. This latest infection brings the total number of measles cases in Alberta to 25.

“This case is significant because it is not travel-related at all,” added Johnson. “This person became ill while living and working in the Edmonton Zone.”

Calgary has had nine cases, while seven have been reported in central Alberta. The most recent case came to light May 9 in Fort McMurray, the first in the North Zone of Alberta Health Services.

Confirmed measles exposures as of May 13, 2014

Alberta Health Services

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measles outbreak was declared in the province at the end of April. Anyone who develops measles symptoms is being asked to stay home and call Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-5465.

You can also call Health Link or your local public health centre to make an appointment to get immunized.

“We know that measles is tremendously contagious,” said Johnson. “It spreads through the air and to be exposed, all you have to do is be breathing in the same space that a person with measles has been in up to two hours before.

“But you can protect yourself through immunization. It will, however, find those who aren’t protected.”

Health officials say since April 30,  they have immunized 7,300 individuals in the Edmonton Zone, about 3,000 of which have been infants six to 12 months of age.

For extensive coverage, including frequently asked questions about measles and a list of exposure locations across the province, visit the Global News Alberta measles web page.

© Shaw Media, 2014

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