A measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is seen on a countertop at a pediatrics clinic in Greenbrae, Calif. on Feb. 6, 2015. The Public Health Agency of Canada has issued a statement aimed at reminding Canadians that measles is a serious and highly contagious disease and that getting vaccinated is the best protection.
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A child who flew through Leduc earlier this month with a confirmed case of measles was not properly vaccinated, say health authorities.The person was traveling to Inuvik, N.W.T., from an international location and stopped in Leduc overnight Feb. 12-13.Damien Healy, a spokesman for the Government of the Northwest Territories health department, confirmed the infected individual was a child who was not properly vaccinated.The measles case prompted Alberta Health Services (AHS) to issue a public alert last weekend.AHS said anyone who was born after 1970 and has received less than two doses of measles vaccine may be at risk if they come into the vicinity of an infected person.At a Sunday news conference, Gloria Keays, medical officer with AHS, said she couldn’t give any personal details on the travelling individual due to confidentiality laws.Keays said Alberta has between 80 and 90 per cent vaccination rates, varying from region to region. The national average is 95 per cent.Keays said she hopes this latest case is a reminder to Albertans to get vaccinated.Measles symptoms include fever above 38 C; cough, runny nose and red eyes; and a red blotchy rash that begins behind the ears and on the face and can spread across the body.In 2017 there were two cases of measles in the province. Since 2012, Alberta has had a total of 78 cases — 44 of those came in 2013 and 29 in 2014, according to Alberta Health.