DES MOINES, Iowa (KCCI) – The Iowa Department of Public Health announced Monday that patrons from two key Iowa restaurants may have been exposed to measles.
The department said in a press release that it had received confirmation from the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services of a person with a confirmed case of measles that exposed Iowans to the highly contagious disease in restaurants in Des Moines and Ankeny
each who visited the Hardees at Merle Hay Road 3621 in April 13 between 8:15 am and 11:45 pm or the Panera Bread at 2310 SE Delaware Avenue April 16 from noon to 4 pm
Iowa Department of Public Health warns that there are preventive measures for Iowans who are exposed to measles.
Anyone experiencing symptoms associated with measles (fever, cough, red / pink eyes, runny nose and / or rash) is advised to call their doctor immediately and make a date safely.
In addition, the department encourages anyone with measles symptoms to not go to the doctor's office, to an emergency room, to the local public health authorities, or to walk-in clinics until arrangements are made with doctors as they measles other people could expose.
"Staying at home is a good idea if you have a disease, but especially measles," Deputy state epidemiologist Ann Garvey. "It's spreading pretty fast and easily."
Garvey said measles exposure is a good reminder for Iowan to check its vaccination status.
"This serves as a good reminder for people who can not be vaccinated" I'm not sure what their vaccination status is, "she said.
The Department of Public Health said that the places Hardee and Panera are back safe to visit and that no restaurant could have prevented the measles exposure.
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