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Minnesota Health Officials Warn of Confirmed Measles Case

Health officials in Minnesota are warning the public about possible measles exposure in the southeastern part of the state. Minnesota Department of Health, or MDH, issued the warning after being notified that someone with a confirmed case of measles had traveled through the state at least twice recently.

Health officials warn of measles southeastern Minnesota.

A measles patient traveling through the state may have exposed others, say officials with Minnesota Department of Health.

The possible exposures include:

  • April 13, at a McDonald’s restaurant, 172 Main St., Winona, between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • April 16, at the Freeborn County Co-op gas station, 1840 Margaretha Ave., Albert Lea, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

If you were at either location at those times, say officials, you should confirm that your vaccinations are up-to-date and watch for symptoms of the infection. MDH says it is already working with the employees of those businesses about their possible exposure.

Symptoms of measles can include:

  • High fever
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Red, watery eyes
  • Rash

Measles is highly contagious; health experts say it can linger in the air for 2 hours after the infected patient leaves. Anyone exposed in this case could expect to see symptoms as late as May 07, 2018.

Doctors with suspected measles patients should report those cases to the Minnesota Department of Health right away.

If any measles cases are diagnosed as a result of these exposures, they would be the first cases confirmed in the state this year.

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