Earlier this week, a confirmed case of measles in nearby Calgary sent Alberta Health Services into a frenzy.

The public health body issued an announcement warning people who were at a Real Canadian Superstore in SW Calgary on Jan. 19 and who have not received their full measles vaccine to contact AHS. Measles is a highly-contagious disease, but most people are vaccinated against it.

Dr. Ifeoma Achebe is with Alberta Health Services. She explained what the public health body does when it discovers a case of the measles.

"So, usually when there's a case of measles, because measles is highly infectious, we tend to be on the side of caution and try to identify people who have been with the person during the time that the person would have been infectious."

The first step is to get in touch with everyone who had contact with the measles patient.

"All the contacts we try to contact them ASAP and, if they're not immunized, then we can isolate them and make sure that they don't move around and spread it."

Achebe said that AHS has been in contact with many people so far and none have shown signs of measles. So far, she explained, this Calgary measles case is the only one. The patient is thought to have been exposed on a British Airways flight from London on Jan. 10, and those passengers have also been contacted.

As a final word, Achebe said the easiest way to avoid getting measles is to be immunized.

"If they're immunized then they are fine. We have a pretty robust measles vaccine and so, if you're immunized, we're pretty sure that you're good. And that is why we continue to recommend vaccines."

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