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Patrons at two popular Calgary restaurants possibly exposed to measles

CALGARY – Staff and patrons at two popular Calgary eateries are being warned they may have been exposed to measles.

The news comes one day after officials announced a student at Western Canada High School had a confirmed case of measles.

Alberta Health Services says anyone who visited National in Westhills or Cibo on 17th Avenue in the time frames below may at risk for developing the disease:

  • National Pub Westhills – 180 Stewart Green S.W., Calgary
    March 24 & 25, 2014 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Cibo – 1012 17 Ave S.W., Calgary
    March 29 & 30, 2014 – 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Measles is an illness caused by a virus that is spread easily through the air. It’s very contagious, and anyone who has not had the disease in the past or has not been vaccinated is in danger of becoming infected.

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Typically, the disease will develop about 10 days after exposed, and tends to be most severe in infants and adults than in children.

If you visited the locations above during the highlighted timeframe and begin to develop symptoms, you’re asked to stay home and call Health Link Alberta (1-866-408-5465) before visiting any health care facility.

The student from Western Canada High School was an employee at one of the restaurants — and a second person who is confirmed to also have measles worked at the other.

In a statement released Thursday afternoon, Cibo said they are taking the matter seriously, and following precautionary measures from AHS.

“On March 29 and 30th an employee came to work at Cibo between the hours of 4-11pm who may have come in contact with measles. Please note this person has not been diagnosed or had any symptoms of measles itself, as reported by AHS, and is being quarantined as a precaution. This employee will not be resuming regular shifts until it is determined that it is appropriate and safe to do so.”

These are the 4th and 5th confirmed cases of measles in Calgary.

Neither of the people infected had been vaccinated.

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.

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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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