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New case of measles and site of exposure

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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 Friday after a male in his 30s was diagnosed with the highly contagious airborne virus.

Officials are warning people who were at Teasers from 10 p.m. to midnight last Friday 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.

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 are 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.

 

-- staff

Possible exposure sites for measles

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 3, 2014 A7

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