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Espoo shopping mall in partial shutdown over suspected measles case

The suspected infection was detected shortly after 5.00pm on Tuesday.

Iso Omena kauppakeskus Espoossa.
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A suspected measles case has caused officials at the Iso Omena mall in Espoo to quarantine part of the facility.

The top floor of the shopping centre located in Espoo’s Matinkylä district was sealed off on Tuesday evening when officials received news of the possible infection from a heath centre located in the mall.

"The health centre issued a request to seal off the service level and to collect customers’ contact information," said shopping centre manager Siim Rosenthal.

Elina Jakovlev-Markus, who is responsible for development operations at the Iso Omena health centre, said that the suspected infection was detected shortly after 5.00pm on Tuesday.

Jakovlev-Markus said shopping centre officials made contact with infectious diseases specialists from the Helsinki and Uusimaa health district, after which they began to take action.

The health centre’s deputy chief medical officer also arrived on the scene to assess the situation, following which the health centre was shut down, the entire service floor was cleared and officials collected customers' contact details.

"I stress that this is just a suspected case and the situation is completely under control," Jakovlev-Markus added.

She said that the health centre was scheduled to open for business as usual on Wednesday morning.

However it was not due to close until 8.00pm on Tuesday evening, while the service floor usually serves customers until 9.00pm on weekdays.

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