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Measles exposure spreads from Wisconsin to SE Minn.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State health officials are now warning residents of southeastern Minnesota about possible exposure to measles.

On Monday, health officials in La Crosse warned that a non-Wisconsin resident with confirmed measles traveled through the area from another state. Now, the Minnesota Department of Health is issuing its own warning after discovering that the same infected visitor traveled through a portion of the state.

According to the department, people may have been exposed to measles on April 13 at a McDonald’s on Main Street in Winona and on April 16 at the Freeborn County Co-op gas station in Albert Lea.

Health Department spokesman Doug Schultz tells the Star Tribune the infected person was from Missouri.

Health officials in Iowa also are warning people about recent potential exposure to measles.

Symptoms of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, red, watery eyes and a rash. The disease can spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

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