Measles Outbreak - Inuvik

News Type: 
Advisories

Inuvik 6 March 2019 - The Chief Public Health Officer has declared a measles outbreak in Inuvik.

Further to the Public Health Advisory issued on February 22, 2019, a second person developed measles, showing symptoms on February 28, 2019. The infectious period is identified as February 25 to March 5, 2019. This brings the number of individuals with measles in the NWT to two, both in Inuvik.

It's possible that more individuals who are not immune may develop measles. At present we feel the timeframe for the increased risk of another individual developing measles extends to approximately March 26, 2019.

Individuals are likely immune to measles if they:

  • were born before 1970;
  • were born after 1970 and 18 years of age and older with one documented dose of measles vaccine; or
  • are currently between 12 months to 18 years of age with two documented doses of measles vaccine.

If you are not sure if you or your child are adequately immunized, you will need to book an appointment with your local public health unit. If you are in Inuvik, please call 867-777-7246.

At this time we do not expect other individuals outside of Inuvik to develop measles.

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. Calling ahead ensures health facilities can take precautions to prevent transmission of measles to others. 

Possible Measles Exposure Locations

Anyone present at the following locations at the times indicated may have been exposed to measles:

 

Date

Time

Location

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

February 25/26/27/28

7:45 am – 7:15 pm

Children’s First Centre 

Any non-immune individuals who are exposed to measles should immediately contact their local public health unit or health care provider to review their option of being immunized.

For more information on measles visit:

Media Contact

Umesh Sutendra
Communications
Department of Health and Social Services
Government of the Northwest Territories
1-867-767-9052 ext. 49036
Umesh_Sutendra@gov.nt.ca