Alberta Health Services warn public of confirmed measles case

 

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AHS has put non-immunized Calgarians on high alert, after receiving notice of a confirmed measles case over the weekend.

The agency says a seven-year-old girl in Calgary has tested positive for the infectious disease.

The girl became ill after returning from India with her parents on a British Airways flight from London to Calgary, between Jan. 9-10, 2018.

She also visited a Real Canadian Superstore on Southport Road S.W. on the evening of Jan. 19 while contagious.

The agency is urging Calgarians who may have been exposed, to monitor for symptoms of the measles if they have not been immunized.

 

-Cindy Letic

 

 

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Opioid-awareness campaign launches in Alberta

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CALGARY- Alberta Health Services announced a new province wide movement to raise awareness about the available support with opioid use.
It will soon be hard for any Albertan to miss the realities of this crisis. AHS is attracting the attention by advertising around both Edmonton and Calgary through billboards, radio, post-secondary campuses, restaurants, bars and as well as advertisements on transit trains.

After a report released in late November claiming that 462 people had died in Alberta due to opioid overdose more efforts are being made to end this crisis.

“The campaign hopes to increase awareness of the supports available that could help save lives.”

Brandy Payne, Associate Health Minister said in a release. Payne also notes that

“the province is increasing access to opioid dependency treatment, naloxone kits to counteract fentanyl overdoses and supervised consumption services.”

-Reya Lehoux