LETHBRIDGE: The number of confirmed cases of measles in the Lethbridge area has jumped to 13.
Alberta Health Services noted Monday that they expect the number to grow exponentially.
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vivien Suttorp stated that to keep it from spreading, they want you to stay home if possible. She added that if you think you have measles and are staying home, you still need to call Health Link Alberta, "So we have an idea where measles is, because measles is sort of in the Lethbridge and area currently, but when does it travel to Calgary, when does it travel to smaller communities, Bow Island, Medicine Hat for example. It's really important from a tracking or surveillance perspective that we know where disease is."
You can call Health Link at 1-866-408-5465 (LINK).
Suttorp also pointed out that if you or your child need to see a doctor, you need to avoid the emergency department and your local clinic. Instead you should go to the Measles Assessment Centre, which is in a large tent outside the Chinook Regional Hospital.
Symptoms include a cough, red sore eyes, fever or a rash.