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2nd measles case confirmed in Edmonton area

04/19/2014 02:16 EDT | Updated 06/19/2014 05:59 EDT
Alberta health officials have confirmed another case of measles in the Edmonton area and are advising the public of potential exposure.

Passengers and crews on Air Canada flight AC 248 departing from Vancouver at 8:30 p.m. on April 9 and arriving in Edmonton at 9:35 p.m. may have been exposed, Alberta Health Services said in a release Saturday.

People who were at the Edmonton International Airport between 9:35 p.m. on April 9 and 2 a.m. on April 10 may also be at risk, AHS said.

AHS also says those who have not already had measles or those who have not been vaccinated may be at risk.

They are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms of measles, which include:

- Fever of 38.3 C or higher.

- Cough, runny nose and/or red eyes.

- A red, blotchy rash that appears three to seven days after fever starts, beginning behind the ears and on the face and spreading down the body and then to the arms and legs.

Those who notice possible symptoms are asked to stay home and call Health Link Alberta at 1-866-408-5465 before visiting a clinic.

Saturday's confirmation is the second case of measles in the Edmonton area this year. The first case of measles was confirmed earlier this month and AHS is asking people who visited two west Edmonton businesses in late March to watch for symptoms.

Measles is an extremely contagious disease that spreads easily through the air. There is no treatment for the disease, but it can be prevented through immunization, AHS said.

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