WRHA alerts of possible Measles exposure

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority is warning anyone not vaccinated for measles to stay away from the University of Manitoba until they’ve had the chance to get the vaccine.

The caution comes as the WRHA and the U of M have narrowed down possible times and locations that a measles-infected person might have passed the virus onto others.

Possible exposure may have occurred for any present in the following locations at the U of M on Thursday, March 20:

  • St. Paul’s College Room 225         11:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Machray Hall Room 418                1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
  • EITC-E2 Room 105                         4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Frank Kennedy Study Hall            2:30 pm to 4:00 pm and 5:15 pm to 8:00 pm

For anyone who might have been exposed, the WRHA is urging you to check your vaccination records and watch for symptoms of the disease.

Measles symptoms can appear one to three weeks after exposure and can include fever, runny nose, drowsiness, irritability and red eyes.  Several days after the presentation of initial symptoms, a red blotchy rash will appear and make its way down the body.

The health authority says people born before 1970 are likely immune to the disease and those born after were probably vaccinated as part of a two-dose inoculation for Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR).  The WRHA says anyone who received only a single MMR vaccine dose will be able to go to the campus, but should get the second dose as soon as possible.

Anyone who believes they may have measles is advised to contact their family doctor or a public health nurse.  Information can also be obtained by calling Health Links at 204-788-8200.

— Garth Hilderman

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