Wisconsin health officials issue measles alert near Minnesota border

An infected person visited places in La Crosse and Trempealeau counties.
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Wisconsin health officials have issued an alert for a possible measles exposure near the Minnesota border.

It comes after a person with measles visited Wisconsin from another state, and by the time it had been confirmed they had visited several locations in La Crosse and Trempealeau counties, near southeast Minnesota.

County health officials are now contacting every establishment to provide recommendations to employees regarding the highly contagious disease, as well as get a list of patrons who were in each location as the same time as the infected individual.

The affected establishments and dates are:

  • Comfort Inn: 1223 Crossing Meadows Dr, Onalaska 4/13/18 – 4/16/18.
  • Dollar Tree: 2910 Market Place, Onalaska 4/14/18.
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church: 20344 W Ridge Ave, Galesville, 4/15/18, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Champions Riverside Resort: W16751 Pow Wow Ln, Galesville, 4/15/18, 12:30pm – 5 p.m.
  • Fairfield Inn: 434 3rd St S, La Crosse, 4/15/18, 6:30 p.m. – midnight.
  • Texas Roadhouse: 4310 WI-16, La Crosse 4/15/18 9 p.m. - 11:15 p.m.
  • Beedle’s Bar and Restaurant: Hwy. 54/93 in Galesville, 4/13/18, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Those visited the establishments above will be contacted and advised on possible risk factors for the respiratory disease, which causes high fever, coughs, runny noses, and a rash.

Those particularly at risk are the elderly, pregnant women, babies, young children, the immune-compromised and those who have not had the MMR vaccination.

La Crosse County Health Department Director, Jen Rombalski, said: "If someone has been potentially exposed and has signs consistent with measles, it is important they stay isolated from others to keep from spreading it.

"Measles is extremely contagious, and you can have very severe outcomes. For every 1,000 children who get measles, one or two will die from it."

It comes a year after Minnesota suffered its own outbreak of measles that eventually saw 65 confirmed cases and more than 8,000 potential exposures, according to the CDC.

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