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San Francisco resident contracts measles, city's first case since 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) -- The San Francisco Health Department confirmed Tuesday night a local resident has contracted measles -- the first case in the city since 2013. 

The health department said the San Francisco resident was exposed to measles while on an international flight.

Measles is no longer an epidemic in the U.S., though the disease can be seen in imported cases and secondary cases, the department said.

According to the health department, countries with measles epidemics include the Philippines, Indonesia, Israel, Ukraine, Romania, Brazil and Western Europe. 

Primary symptoms of the disease include a fever and rash. The public health department says the rash usually starts on the forehead at the hairline and behind the ears, continung onto the rest of the body. 

Other symptoms include a cough, coryza, conjunctivitis, white spots in the mouth and a general "miserable" feeling. 

The city health department asks those who suspect they may have the measles to contact them at (415) 554-2830.

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