Case of measles confirmed in Inuvik

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The territory’s Chief Public Health Officer has confirmed one case of measles in the Inuvik area.

According to a release, the individual was returning from another country and travelled from Edmonton to Inuvik by airplane on February 13 with stops in Yellowknife and Norman Wells.

Below is a list of known locations where people may have been in contact with the virus.

Date Time Location
February 13, 2019 6:00am–9:45am Edmonton International Airport
February 13, 2019 10:30am–1:15pm Canadian North (5T-444) Edmonton to Inuvik, stops in
Yellowknife & Norman Wells
February 13, 2019 1:15pm–3:30pm Inuvik Mike Zubko Airport
February 13, 2019 1:55pm–3:15pm Canadian North (5T-445) Inuvik to Edmonton, stops in
Norman Wells & Yellowknife
February 16, 2019 11:00am–3:00pm Inuvik Regional Hospital, Emergency Department &
X-ray Department
February 17, 2019 12:00pm–3:30pm Inuvik Regional Hospital, Emergency Department
February 18, 2019 10:30am–2:00pm Inuvik Regional Hospital, Emergency Department
February 19, 2019 12:30pm–2:30pm Inuvik Regional Hospital, Laboratory

Residents in the Inuvik area can call 678-5579 to check if their immunization is up to date.

Measles symptoms appear 10 to 14 days after exposure and include:

Fever, dry cough, runny nose, sore throat, puffy eyes, white spots with a bluish centre inside the mouth, and blotchy red rashes.

Measles can be especially dangerous for infants, pregnant women and those with a weakened immune system.

Anyone who develops symptoms is told to stay at home and their healthcare provider to prevent infecting others.

Vaccination is the best protection against measles, mumps and rubella. All children 12 months and over and adults born after 1970 should get vaccinated.

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