Public health officials are warning Chicago residents of a possible exposure to measles at a local Panera and Jewel.

NBC Chicago shares that anyone who dined "at the Panera Bread at 400 W. Division St. in the city's Old Town neighborhood between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. July 13 or shopped at the Jewel-Osco at 333 E. Euclid Ave. in Mount Prospect between noon and 4 p.m. July 14 may have been exposed to the virus."

Apparently there was a diner at Panera who then shopped the next day at the aforementioned Jewel-Osco that had "recently contracted the virus while traveling to another country with “ongoing measles transmissions,” according to the Cook County Department of Public Health." 

Currently, "Panera Bread said no guests or employees reported falling ill after the potential exposure."

Yeeks! That's scary.

By the way if a person contracts measles the "symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes, officials said. Measles can also cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis."

You can contract it "through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person."

If anyone comes down with measles you need to call your local public health department.

Wow! Further reason to make sure your vaccinations are up to date. Icky.



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