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Published On: Sun, Apr 20th, 2014

Canada: Additional measles cases reported in Manitoba, Edmonton

Health authorities from Manitoba Health and Alberta Health Services reported new measles cases in the past couple days, including one from a flight from Vancouver.

First, Manitoba Public health officials confirmed two additional cases of measles late last week, bringing the total cases to seven in the province. Specifics on the cases include:

Measles rash Image/CDC

Measles rash
Image/CDC

The first individual is a man in his ‘40s who lives in the area of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.  Provincial public health officials are working with the regional health authority to investigate the case and identify contacts.

The other individual is a woman in her ‘30s who lives in the Southern Health-Santé Sud health region.  Provincial public health officials are working with the regional health authority to investigate the case and identify contacts.

Health officials are advising the public who may have had contact with the infected individuals. People who were at the following locations should be aware of the possibility of exposure:  Hair Do Zoo, 845 Dakota St., Winnipeg, on the following dates and times:  April 11 between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.; April 12 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.; April 14 between 9 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.; a bull-riding event at the MTS Centre, Winnipeg,April 12 between 6:30 and 10:30 p.m.; Sobey’s, 1500 Dakota St., Winnipeg, April 13 from noon to 5 p.m.; Shopper’s Drug Mart, 785 Dakota St., Winnipeg, April 14 between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.; and the UPS Store, 845 Dakota St., Winnipeg, April 14 between 1 and 2 p.m‎.

Those who visited these locations 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. For more infectious disease news and information, visit and “like” the Infectious Disease News Facebook page.

In addition, the Alberta Health Services confirmed a case of measles in the Edmonton Zone and are warning the public who may have been exposed at the following locations: Passengers and crew on Air Canada Flight # AC 248, Departing Vancouver at 2030h, April 9, 2014, and arriving at Edmonton International Airport at 2135h and members of the public who were in the Edmonton International Airport between the hours of 2135h on April 9, and 0200h, April 10.

These individuals are advised to monitor for monitor themselves for symptoms of measles. If symptoms of measles do develop, these individuals are advised to stay home and call Health Link Alberta (1.866.408.5465) before visiting any health care facility or provider.

Measles is a disease caused by a virus that is spread through the air by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Measles virus is highly contagious and can remain so for up to 2 hours in the air or on surfaces.

Symptoms of measles are rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. Some people who become sick with measles also get an ear infection, diarrhea, or a serious lung infection, such as pneumonia. Although severe cases are rare, measles can cause swelling of the brain and even death.

Measles can be especially severe in infants and in people who are malnourished or who have weakened immune systems (such as from HIV infection or cancer or from certain drugs or therapies).

To protect yourself, getting vaccinated against the disease is key. In addition, practicing good hygiene such as frequent handwashing and avoiding touching your face are two other means.

About the Author

- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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  1. David Keller says:

    The CDC reported a measles outbreak in a 100% documented vaccinated population. Studies show that children who received vaccinations were 14 times more likely to become learning disabled and develop asthma. There is virtually no asthma in unvaccinated children. Unvaccinated people are healthier, have higher disease resistance, and recover more rapidly from illness. There have never been any saftey studies done on vaccines that would meet the appropriate criteria.
    Donald Meserlian P.E. VOSI Chairman

    Historical trends show that deaths caused by childhood illnesses had already declined as much as 90% before vaccine programs were ever initiated. Evidence indicates that an improved standard of living, better nutrition, and increased sanitation, caused this drop in disease, not vaccines.

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