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Manitoba confirms second measles case

This is a measles virus seen through an electron micrograph.

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This is a measles virus seen through an electron micrograph. (CYNTHIA GOLDSMITH / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Public health officials are reporting a second lab-confirmed case of measles in Manitoba.

The person who contracted the illness was a Winnipeg man in his 20s.

The Health Department said Tuesday he had been in direct contact with the first known measles case -- a man in his 40s living in the area served by the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority. The first case was reported more than a week ago.

Provincial public health officials are working with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority to investigate the case and identify contacts.

They say people who were at the following locations and events should be aware of the possibility of infection:

The University of Manitoba, March 20, at the following locations and times:

-- St. Paul's College, Room 225 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.;

-- Machray Hall, Room 418 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.;

-- EITC-E2, Room 105 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.;

-- Frank Kennedy study hall, from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 5:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and

-- Concordia Hospital emergency department, March 22 between 10:15 p.m. and 10:40 p.m.

Those who visited these locations and who 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 provide updated information as necessary, the government said in a press release.

Measles activity is currently being reported in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.

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Updated on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 12:26 PM CDT:
Corrects room at St. Paul's College.

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