April 25, 2014
Prairie North Health Region and the Ministry of Health are investigating a case of measles in an unimmunized child under age five in the region, and are taking steps to notify members of the public who may have been exposed.
Measles is a highly infectious and potentially serious disease that is easily transmitted through the air. Symptoms include high fever, cough and runny nose, followed by a rash. The rash often starts on the face before spreading to the rest of the body.
Members of the public who visited the following Lloydminster establishments on Monday April 21, 2014 during the times listed may have been exposed to the measles virus and should be aware of the symptoms of measles:
- Boston Pizza (6303 44 Street, Lloydminster) 11:30 am - 3 pm
- Mark's Work Wearhouse (4213 70 Avenue, Lloydminster) 1 pm - 3:30 pm
- WalMart (Hwy 16 & 70 Avenue, Lloydminster) 2 pm - 5 pm
- Mcdonalds Restaurant (south side, Lloydminster) 4 pm - 8 pm
If you develop symptoms of measles:
- Please CALL your Primary Health Care provider's office, explain you were a contact of a confirmed measles case, detail your symptoms, and see what accommodations can be put in place prior to your visit to minimize contact with other patients.
- Call HealthLine at 811 for general information.
- If your symptoms are severe and you believe you should seek prompt medical attention at the nearest Emergency Department, CALL before you go to the ER so that precautions can be implemented to avoid the risk of transmission of the disease to others.
Dr. Brenda Cholin, PNHR Medical Health Officer, advises that public health officials are also identifying and contacting individuals who may have been exposed to the measles virus during the contagious period.
These people are being given information about measles and what to do if they develop symptoms, Cholin states. The earliest a person will experience symptoms is ONE WEEK following exposure. If you were born before 1970, you are assumed to be immune from contracting this disease.
For information on measles symptoms, treatment and vaccination, the public can call HealthLine at 811 or visit HealthLine Online Measles at https://www.healthwise.net/saskhealthlineonline/Content/StdDocument.aspx?DOCHWID=hw198187.
Information is also available at http://www.health.gov.sk.ca/red-measles.
You may also call Prairie North Health Region's Public Health Services between 8:30 am 4 pm this Saturday and Sunday (April 26 & 27) at 306-821-0641.
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Information Sheet - for People Who May have been Exposed to Measles in a Public Facility
Dr. Brenda Cholin will be available for telephone interviews between 9 am - 11 am Saturday, April 26.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer
306-446-6625 (office) or 306-441-4248 (cell)