A health advisory regarding a lab-confirmed case of measles is lighting up social media.

Dr Jia Hu, Medical Officer of Health, AHS Calgary Zone, says while no details regarding age or gender of the infected individual will be released, they can confirm the illness is travel related.

Not wanting to cause mass panic in the community, Dr Hu shares really take note at the dates, locations, and specific time periods for exposure risks. "Specifically for this case, the person who was infectious went to a number of public places during their period of infectiousness where they could spread the measles. For anybody that was in those places during the after-mentioned time period they should watch for signs and symptoms, but if you were NOT in one of those places during the exact time range and date, then you are NOT at risk of getting measles."

While some may be surprised that measles hasn't been eradicated altogether, cases of the disease are still being reported and it is concerning. "Measles is the most infectious disease that we know of and the best way to protect yourself from measles is to become immunized. Part of the reason why we see so few cases of measles is that we have pretty good immunization rates, however, we are seeing more and more measles cases in North America and all over the world."

With more people choosing to delay or just outright refuse vaccinations, the risk of exposure is growing. Getting vaccinated and making sure your immunizations are up to date is extremely important, shares Dr Hu, and the myth of measles being linked to autism, is just that, a myth. "There is absolutely no evidence linking the measles-containing vaccine MMR with autism. The vaccine is extremely safe, it's extremely effective; measles, on the other hand, can cause serious complications. While most people generally do get better on their own, in some people it can cause lung infections, swelling of the brain, and even death, so it is not something to take lightly."

If you are not sure if your vaccinations are up to date, Dr Hu, suggests calling Health Link at 811 and they can tell you if you are up to date or not.

For further information on routine childhood immunization, visit www.immunizealberta.ca or for additional information on measles disease, visit www.albertahealthservices.ca/measles.

The Calgary zone consisting of Airdrie, Banff, Black Diamond, Calgary, Canmore, Chestermere Claresholm, Cochrane, Didsbury, High River, Nanton, Okotoks, Strathmore, and Vulcan, reported zero measles cases in 2016, one in 2017, and two in 2018.

 FOR LOCATIONS, DATES, AND TIME PERIODS OF RELEASED POTENTIAL EXPOSURE, READ THE BELOW LINK. 

 Confirmed Case of Measles in Cochrane Area Prompts AHS Advisory

More Local News

Here We Go! Albertans Going to Polls Apr. 16

The speculation has ended and the race is on. Albertans will be going to the polls on Apr. 16 it was announced this morning by Premier Rachel Notley at the National Music Centre in Calgary.…

VIDEO: It was a Rockin', Rollin', and Bowling Good Time

Cochrane Lanes was indeed rockin' on Sunday (March 16) as Cochranites came out to bowl for a worthy cause. It was the 6th annual Bowl for Kids Sake in support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Cochrane…

Peter Guthrie Team Ready for Writ to be Dropped

There's a bit of a guessing game going on right now, even a few friendly side bets, as to exactly when the provincial election will be called. While it must be held by or before May 31, some are…

VIDEO: A Little More Than Off the Top

Just pure awesomeness when a 12 year old raises close to $2500 to help kids with cancer. Posted by CochraneNow.com on Friday, March 15, 2019 After fundraising for a couple of months, 12-year-old…

RVS Prepares Tough Questions for People to Ask in Upcoming Provincial Election

The writ hasn't yet dropped for the Alberta election but when it does the Rocky View School Division (RVS) is ready to help parents and other stakeholders to ask the candidates tough questions about…

UPDATE: No Charges and No Injuries To Report in Five Car Pileup

The scene of a five-car collision has been cleared by emergency response workers. An earlier collision this afternoon (March 16) delayed southbound traffic for only a short period of time according…

Highway 22 Southbound Traffic Delayed

Cochrane RCMP is currently (March 16) attending the scene of a motor vehicle collision involving five vehicles at the intersection of Highway 1A and Highway 22. While there are no reported injuries,…

Ambert Alert Over As Edmonton Boy Found Unharmed

An 8-year-old boy has been turned over to his father and his mother is facing charges of abduction after an Amber Alert was issued yesterday (March 15) afternoon. Noah Ducharme was taken by his…

Springtime Weather is Anticipated for First Day of Spring

While you may not need to break out the sunscreen quite yet, you should be able to retire your toque for the next couple of weeks. Brian Proctor, Meteorologist with Environment Canada says an upper…

Reservoir Battle is About Bad Public Policy, Not Landowners, says Don't Damn Springbank

Don't Damn Springbank continues its fight against the proposed Springbank Off-Stream Reservoir (SR1) and insist it isn't just a case of landowners vs government; it's about bad public policy. For…

CochraneNow.com is Cochrane's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide

Login