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Second Manitoban diagnosed with measles

WINNIPEG – A Winnipeg man is battling what doctors have diagnosed as measles.

Joel Trono-Doerksen said he was hit with the illness nearly two weeks ago. Since then he’s been dealing with rashes on his face and body, a cough, sore gums and a high fever.

“At first I thought it was just a normal cold, then it just sort of got much worse,” said Trono-Doerksen, who wasn’t vaccinated for measles.

It’s a condition also being battled by a 40-year-old Interlake man who is currently in hospital. He contracted the illness locally, something that hasn’t happened since the 1990s.

“The fact that he picked the measles up in Manitoba, it makes it a little bit more concerning,” said Dr. Michael Routledge. “I guess and a marker we perhaps do have measles in the community.”

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The Interlake man has the only official case of the measles in Manitoba, though Trono-Doerksen was diagnosed by a doctor. The last time there was an outbreak in Manitoba was in 1996.