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McDonald's, gas station customers might have been exposed to measles in southeast Minnesota

An alert has been issued for the Winona and Albert Lea areas.

A few days after measles was found in western Wisconsin, an alert has now been issued for southeast Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Health reports that a non-Minnesota resident with confirmed measles came through the state earlier this month.

This person visited the McDonald's restaurant at 172 Main St., Winona, on the afternoon of Apr. 13.

They also visited the Freeborn County Co-op gas station at 1840 Margaretha Avenue in Albert Lea on the morning of Apr. 16.

The MDH says individuals at these two locations at the same time as the infectee may have been exposed to the disease.

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– Wisconsin officials issue measles alert near Minnesota border.

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It is believed to have been brought into the state by the same person who caused alerts in Trempealeau and La Crosse counties, just across the Mississippi River on the Wisconsin side.

Residents or Winona and Albert Lea who may have been exposed are asked to keep an eye out for flu-like symptoms and rashes.

It says that subsequent measles infections resulting from the exposure will likely show up ay any time between Apr. 23 and May 7.

"If someone has been exposed and has signs consistent with measles, it is important that they stay isolated from others to prevent spreading the disease and call their health care provider," said Kris Ehresmann, director of infectious disease for the Department of Health.

Measles symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, red, watery eyes and a rash. It can be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes and can remain in the air for up to two hours after an infected person leaves an area. 

Minnesota has not had any confirmed measles cases so far in 2018, though had a significant outbreak last year that saw dozens of individuals infected.

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