ST. LOUIS | A rare case of the measles has been reported in eastern Missouri.
The state health department on Friday said a Missourian came down with the disease after attending a meeting in Chevy Chase, Md., earlier this month. The state declined to name the person, and details about his or her condition were not released.
David Paulson of Maryland's health department says the Missourian is part of an organization that was meeting in the same building as a local church in Chevy Chase. A church member had the measles but didn't know it. The disease is highly contagious, and the Missourian contracted it simply by being in the same building.
Because most people are vaccinated, Missouri sees only one or two measles cases most years. The disease can be fatal.