Measles on the rise in Edmonton

18 November 2011 09:48

The outbreak of measles in Edmonton, Canada, which has exposed around 1,000 people in the city is a reminder of the importance of vaccination

The outbreak of measles in Edmonton, Canada, which has exposed around 1,000 people in the city is a reminder of the importance of vaccination

Holidaymakers planning to head off to Canada have been urged to take extra care amid reports of measles.

According to Alberta Health Services(AHS), up to 1,000 people may have been exposed to the disease in the city of Edmonton.

The news may see many travellers take out medical travel insurance before visiting the affected area.

People who have not been vaccinated or have not had the contagious disease are advised to avoid any possible contact with others and get in touch with Health Link.

Dr Marcia Johnson, AHS medical officer of health, said: "We are asking all potentially exposed individuals to monitor their health for symptoms."

Exposure may have occurred at the following locations and times:

- Manulife Place (office tower only) - November 1, 2, 3 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and November 4 from 9 a.m. to noon

- Synergy Fall Social Event at Sutton Place Hotel - November 3 from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

- University of Alberta Hospital, emergency department, November 8 from 7:30 p.m. to midnight, and November 9 from midnight to 4:30 a.m.

The person confirmed to have measles may have contracted the disease while travelling internationally.

Dr Johnson further said the issue has highlighted the importance of immunisation.

Copyright Press Association 2011

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