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Health official concerned man with measles was at West Edmonton Mall

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EDMONTON - Health officials say they are a little concerned that a man who has been confirmed to have measles may have exposed a lot of people to the disease at the busy West Edmonton Mall.

Dr. Marcia Johnson says the man went to the mall on Saturday and was in a lot of different stores and areas of the massive shopping complex, which is also a popular tourist attraction.

She also says that over a span of six days, the man went to a convenience store, a bank, a Wal-Mart, a medi-centre, a pharmacy and the emergency ward at the Misericordia hospital.

Johnson adds there’s little evidence to show the man, who is in his 30s, had come in contact with any of the other possible exposure spots from the previous seven cases of measles in the city.

She says that could mean the measles is circulating more widely than previously thought.

Alberta has 25 cases now, with nine in Calgary, eight in Edmonton, seven in the central part of the province and one in Fort McMurray.

(CHED)

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