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Brookfield man charged with breaking measles quarantine faces judge Monday

Posted at 10:49 PM, Apr 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-21 23:50:02-04

WAUKESHA COUNTY -- A Brookfield man accused of breaking a measles quarantine is expected to make his first appearance in court Monday morning.

The criminal complaint says 57-year-old Jeffery Murawski violated his quarantine. Investigators said his wife drove him to their local gym while he hid in the car.

It describes that Murawski was caught out in public by Waukesha County Sheriff’s deputies less than a week after he was placed under measles quarantine last year.

According to the complaint, he told deputies he felt “sick to his stomach for deciding to leave his residence" and go to Gold's Gym in Waukesha, but was “going crazy" stuck at home.

Although there have been no confirmed cases of measles in Wisconsin, the disease is spreading fast around the country.

Dr. Lynn Ranta of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin believes the state will experience an outbreak.

“I think we need to remember that it’s just a matter of time,” Dr. Ranta said.

It has a lot of people taking action.

"Our children are exposed everywhere they go and it’s our jobs as parents to make sure they’re safe,” parent, Brandon Culpepper said.

“Even though my children are vaccinated, there’s a chance they could still get it,” parent, Marie Fleming added.

It is important to note, the State Department of Health Services says when someone is quarantined, it's not necessarily because they have the measles, it's because they may have been exposed to the disease, and don't have proof of immunity.

Murawski was charged for knowingly breaking the quarantine, a misdemeanor.

His wife is also charged for helping him.