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UPDATE - Public Health Advisory - Three more probable cases of Measles in PNHR

April 30, 2014

Three more probable cases of measles are now reported in Prairie North Health Region, in addition to the one confirmed case announced last week in the Region. The total four cases are in unimmunized children and youth under the age of 16.

Prairie North Health Region is taking steps to notify members of the public who may have been exposed. The list of public locations where individuals may have been exposed to the measles virus is expanded.

Members of the public who visited the following establishments during the dates and times identified should be aware of the symptoms of measles which 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. Measles is a highly infectious and potentially serious disease that is easily transmitted through the air.

***New Locations & Dates***

St. Walburg School, 3rd Avenue East, St. Walburg, SK

  • April 17           All day

St. Walburg Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption, 2nd Avenue West, St. Walburg, SK

  • Easter Sunday April 20           11 am – 3 pm

Tim Horton's, Highway 17 South, 3902 – 50 Avenue, Lloydminster

  • April 23           10:30 am – 1:30 pm

Real Canadian Superstore, 5031 – 44 Street, Lloydminster

  • April 23           11am – 1:30 pm

Safeway, 5211 – 44 Street, Lloydminster

  • April 23           2 pm – 5pm

Giant Tiger, 4719 – 50 Avenue, Lloydminster

  • April 23           3 pm – 5:30 pm

***Previous Locations & Dates***

Boston Pizza, 6303 – 44 Street, Lloydminster

  • April 21           11:30 am - 3 pm

Mark's Work Wearhouse, 4213 – 70 Avenue, Lloydminster

  • April 21           1 pm - 3:30 pm

WalMart, Highway 16 & 70 Avenue, Lloydminster

  • April 21           2 pm - 5 pm

McDonalds Restaurant, south side, Lloydminster

  • April 21            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.

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MEDIA:

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, PNHR Communications Officer
306-446-6625 (office) or 306-441-4248 (cell)

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