LETHBRIDGE - The Measles Assessment Centre at Chinook Regional Hospital is now open.
It's outside the hospital along 17th Street S.
Anyone who thinks they may
have been exposed and are showing symptoms like a cough, red sore eyes, fever or a rash
are welcome to attend for an assessment and possible treatment.
Dr. Vanessa Maclean says they're using a portable tent because "it has the
ability to have negative pressure, which means that it helps disapate the virus
out into the atmosphere which is what we want, because that's our challenge
with our emergency departments and physician officers, is that they are
enclosed spaces where the virus will stay."
There's still just one
confirmed case involving a 14-year old boy in the region, but many more people
have been exposed.
AHS is also holding a couple more immunization
clinics for children between 6 and 12 months, children one year and older who
have not received the vaccine, and health care workers who know they are not
immune. Those will take place at Exhibition Park on Saturday from 10am to 3pm at
Heritage Hall and again on Monday from 1pm to 6pm in the Main Pavilion.
If you're looking for advise or have any questions, they're still asking people
to call Health Link. The measles assessment teams are also still active and can
go out to homes in the community if needed.