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5th case of measles reported in Manitoba

People at medical clinic may have been exposed

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A fifth case of measles has been reported in Manitoba.

The latest to suffer the disease is a man in his 20s living in the Winnipeg health region, the provincial government said Wednesday.

It warned that people who were at the Bison Primacy Clinic inside the Bison Drive Superstore on April 11 may have been exposed to the illness.

In order to reduce the spread of the highly contagious disease, the government advises those who believe they have symptoms to call ahead before visiting their health care provider.

Measles is spread through droplets in the air formed when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms generally appear seven to 21 days after exposure. Initial symptoms may include fever, runny nose, drowsiness, irritability and red eyes. Small white spots may also develop on the inside of the mouth or throat.

Several days after the initial symptoms, a red blotchy rash appears on the face and progresses down the body.

Measles can lead to complications including ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation).

According to the Health Department’s website, three of the five cases reported so far have occurred in the Winnipeg area, one has occurred south of the city and one in the Interlake-Eastern Health Region.

So far, one teenager, two people in their 20s and two in their 40s have contracted the disease.

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Updated on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 7:10 PM CDT: Confirms location of clinic.

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