Cook County on High Alert for Possible Measles Exposure

posted by Lance Houston - 

Folks in Cook County are on high alert after officials announced that a resident is confirmed to have visited a grocery store and a restaurant while in the contagious stage of the measles.

The patient visited the Panera Bread at 400 W. Division Street between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on July 13. A day later, between noon and 4 p.m., the person visited Jewel-Osco, 333 E. Euclid Avenue, in Mount Prospect.

Dr. Max Brito, of the University of Illinois at Chicago, spoke with ABC 7 and said the disease can be transmitted even without direct contact with the infected individual. "Supermarkets are probably one of the worst," Brito said. "Any surface that that individual touched can be potentially contaminated with measles."

Anyone who visited those locations and are experiencing symptoms of measles should contact a health care provider for an evaluation. Symptoms of the measles include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red, watery eyes. 


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