Canada warns of second measles outbreak

Five confirmed cases of measles in Alberta, Canada, have led to officials with Alberta Health Services requesting residents to get measles vaccines, according to iNews880.com.

The five confirmed cases all occurred within the past week. Officials said the first confirmed case was a toddler a week ago. On May 14, Alberta Health Services officials reported there were four new confirmed cases.

Medical officer of health Dr. Judy McDonald told iNews880.com that, even though the strain seems to be the same as a recent outbreak in British Columbia, the two outbreaks do not appear to be connected.

“None of our cases have a direct link to BC, no travel, no connection with any one else that was ill,” McDonald told iNews880.com. “That's another indication to us the virus could be showing up elsewhere, in Calgary, within Alberta.”

More than two dozen people contracted the illness in British Columbia in April, according to assorted wire reports.

Measles symptoms and signs appear 10 to 12 days after exposure to the virus, according to officials with mayoclinic.com. They typically include fever, dry cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes, a skin rash made up of large, flat splotches and tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth on the inner lining of the cheek, called Koplik's spots.

McDonald said AHS is keeping an eye on a few possible new cases, in addition to the five confirmed cases.