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Officials warn of measles exposure at strip club

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Public health officials have confirmed an eighth case of measles in Manitoba — and are warning about the possibility of exposure at Teasers Burlesque Palace last week.

The warning was issued today after a male in his 30s was diagnosed with the highly contagious airborne virus.

Officials are warning that people who were at Teasers from 10 p.m. to midnight last Friday, April 25, may have been exposed to the illness.

Those who visited this location and think they might have measles or have been in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with measles should phone their health-care provider or Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free) for more information.

Where appropriate, people will be offered immunization and may be asked to remain at home and minimize contact with others to reduce the possible spread of measles.

Robin Skolnik, owner of the Chalet Hotel which houses Teasers, said she was informed by health officials that the male in question was a patron who was in the strip club for about an hour. Skolnik was told by officials that the same man was in several other public places on that day, but those locations have yet to be confirmed and released.

Skolnik said fixtures in the bar, including chairs, railings and tables, are washed with bleach and cleaned every night.

"Everything gets sanitized," she said.

Public health officials will continue to monitor the situation in Manitoba and will provide updated information as necessary. If visiting a physician or health-care provider, it is best to call ahead and make an appointment so health-care staff can take steps to reduce the exposure of other people to the virus, officials advise.

Symptoms of measles 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 (lung infection) and encephalitis (brain inflammation).

Measles is spread through droplets in the air formed when coughing or sneezing. An infected person can spread the virus from four days before the rash appears to four days after it is seen. The disease tends to be more severe in infants and young children, and can be life-threatening.

For more information, visit www.manitoba.ca/measles.

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Updated on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:51 PM CDT: Adds interactive map.

9:16 PM: Adds quotes from Robin Skolnik.

12:23 AM: Fixes typo.

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