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Two more cases of measles reported in Manitoba

A nurse uses a syringe to prepare an injection of the combined Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination. GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images

WINNIPEG – Public health officials say two more Manitobans have contracted the measles, bringing the total to four this year.

A teenager in the southern health region and a woman in her 40s living in Winnipeg were infected, officials said.

There is a possibility of infection if you have been at these locations on these dates:

  • Polo Park Shopping Centre, March 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m
  • St. Vital Shopping Centre, March 22, 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • St. Boniface Hospital emergency room, 9:45 p.m. March 26 to 11:30 p.m. March 27.

Anyone who has been at these locations or been in close contact with someone diagnosed with the measles should contact their health-care provider.

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. A red blotchy rash can appear on the face and progress down the body.

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Measles can lead to complications including ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia (lung infection) and encephalitis (brain inflammation).

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