A man recently hospitalized for measles in the Interlake attended events in Winnipeg while he was contagious.
According to a bulletin released by the office of chief public health officer Dr. Michael Routledge on March 14, the man, who is in his 40s, attended three public places in Winnipeg earlier in March, and those who were in these places who think they might have measles are encouraged to contact their health care provider or Health Links-Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or 1-888-315-9257 (toll-free).
The man was at the 204 Volleyball and Ice Time Sports 14-and-under tournament at Munroe and John Henderson junior high schools on March 8, the University of Manitoba volleyball tournament on March 9, and the Victoria Hospital emergency department on March 9 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The man also attended the Manitoba Winter Games badminton tournament in Winkler on March 7 and 8 and the Selkirk General Hospital emergency department on March 10 at 7 p.m.
The symptoms of measles tend to appear with seven and 21 days of exposure. Symptoms may include fever, runny nose, drowsiness, irritability and red eyes, while small white spots may appear inside the mouth or on the throat. As the disease develops, a red blotchy rash begins on the face and will move on down the body. Complications including ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia and encephalitis (brain inflammation) can result.
Measles, which can be life-threatening, is often more severe in infants and young children.