Measles in the NWT (Update)

News Type: 
Advisories

 

YELLOWKNIFE February 28 2019 – The Acting Chief Public Health Officer is advising all residents of the Northwest Territories of a laboratory confirmed case of measles. 

This case involves an individual who travelled from an international destination to Inuvik by airplane. Anyone present at the following locations at the times indicated may have been exposed to measles:

Date

Time

Location

February 13, 2019

6:00am–9:45am

Edmonton International Airport

February 13, 2019

7:00am–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 (only those who boarded in Inuvik)

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–4:00pm

Inuvik Regional Hospital, Laboratory, and Cafeteria

Measles is a highly infectious disease that spreads through indoor air.   

People born before 1970, who have received two doses of measles-containing vaccine or who had measles are immune. 

Exposed individuals who are not immune may prevent illness if they receive measles-containing vaccine within three days of exposure. Any non-immune individuals who are exposed to measles should immediately contact their community health centre or health care practitioner to review their option of receiving the vaccine.

Measles can be dangerous for infants, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. For these higher-risk individuals, a different form of immunization (immune globulin) reduces the risk if given within six days of exposure. Higher-risk individuals exposed to measles should immediately contact their community health centre or health care practitioner. In addition to the above recommendations, health care workers or military who are exposed to measles should immediately contact their employer’s occupational health team.

Susceptible individuals who are exposed should monitor for the following symptoms, which appear 7 to 21 days after exposure:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red eyes
  • Rash starting on the face and spreading to the chest. 

If you develop symptoms, remain at home and call your health care provider immediately. Advance calling ensures health facilities can take precautions to prevent transmission of measles to others. 

The best way to protect against measles disease is to get immunized. Children 12 months of age and over, and adults born from 1970 onwards should receive two doses of the vaccine. Immunization is available at your community health centre or local public health unit. 

For more information on measles visit:

Media Contact

Damien Healy
Manager of Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
1-867-767-9052 ext. 49034
Damien_Healy@gov.nt.ca