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Potential measles exposure at QEII hospital in Halifax

The Halifax Infirmary site on Summer Street in Halifax.
The Halifax Infirmary site on Summer Street in Halifax. - Eric Wynne

The Nova Scotia Health Authority says there’s been a potential exposure to measles at the Halifax Infirmary’s emergency department.

A person travelling through Halifax visited the emergency department at the QEII Health Sciences Centre on April 17 for symptoms unrelated to measles.

That person later developed measles and they were communicable at the time of the emergency department visit.

Anyone at the ER on Robie Street between 12 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 may have been exposed to measles.

Those exposed may develop symptoms between now and May 8.

Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, a red blotchy rash on the face which spreads down the body, sleepiness, irritability and small white spots inside the mouth and throat.

If you have symptoms of measles, you should call your health care provider or 811 for advice.

Measles is a viral illness transmitted by direct contact with infectious droplets, or airborne spread, when an infected person breathes, coughs or sneezes. Most people fully recover within two to three weeks. However, measles can have serious complications more likely in infants, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems.

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