Saskatchewan. Health authorities warn of measles risk after confirmed case in Saskatoon


The Saskatchewan Health Authority is warning Saskatoon residents of possible exposure to measles this month, after a case was confirmed in the city.

A news release issued Friday by health officials said the Saskatoon resident contracted measles while traveling abroad.

People who were in any of the following locations in Saskatoon during these times should monitor themselves for symptoms of measles:

  • Sunday January 7 from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at:
    • Reitmans at Stonebridge (3011 Clarence Avenue South).
    • Dollarama in Stonebridge (3011 Clarence Avenue South).
    • Walmart at Stonebridge (3035 Clarence Ave. S.).
  • Tuesday January 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at:
    • CafĂ© in the first floor arts building at the University of Saskatchewan (9 Campus Dr.).
  • Tuesday January 16 from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at:
    • Adult emergency waiting room at the Royal University Hospital.

Symptoms of measles may include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, fatigue, irritability (feeling low or moody), and small white spots in the mouth and the throat.

A rash with red spots may also develop on the face and spread throughout the body about three to seven days after other symptoms begin, according to the SHA.

Anyone in one of the possible exposure locations and showing symptoms should wear a mask and contact the 811 health line for further instructions, health authorities said.

It also says people exposed in the hospital waiting room can receive preventative treatment if they were born in 1964 or later and have not received two doses of measles vaccine.

Those who meet this criteria are asked to visit a Northeast Health Center clinic on Saturday, January 20 between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., or Sunday, January 21 between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Measles is highly contagious and can spread to other people four days before a rash appears until four days after it appears, health authorities said.

During this period, anyone infected must remain in strict isolation to avoid transmitting measles to others, the SHA said in its press release.

Measles can be prevented through vaccination, health authorities said, and they encourage people to review their vaccinations by MyHealthRecordSask or discuss vaccination with their healthcare provider.

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