LETHBRIDGE - There are now 14 confirmed cases of measles in the Lethbirdge area and many
others have symptoms. All of the cases so far involve individuals who are
Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vivien Suttorp feels it's
going along as predicted with exponential increases and thinks the outbreak
could last for two to three months.
Suttorp believes everyone has a role to play in preventing the disease from
spreading. She says "people can immunize their children, that's one of the
things. If people are sick and you have symptoms of measles disease, please stay
home. People are usually contagious until four days after the rash onsets. If
people who are not immunized know that they have been exposed to a case, the
request is that those individuals stay home for 21 days."
She adds health care is trying to prevent spread in emergency rooms and
physician offices by working with Health Link, a measles hotline, mobile teams
that can assess people in their homes, and the measles assessment tent outside
Symptoms can include things like a cough, red sore eyes, fever or a rash.