Man facing criminal charges for breaking measles quarantine to go to gym

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2019 file photo signs posted at The Vancouver Clinic in Vancouver, Wash., warn patients and visitors of a measles outbreak. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus,File)

WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wisc. (WTHR) — A 57-year-old Wisconsin man has been charged after allegedly breaking a measles quarantine so he could go to the gym, NBC News reports.

Jeffery Murawski and his wife, Christine Bennett, are facing misdemeanor charges for willfully violating recommendations of a local health officer. Bennett was charged for reportedly encouraging his actions.

The incident occurred last May. County health officials placed Murawski on a quarantine and told him to stay in his home until was no longer contagious. According to state health officials, there were no recorded cases of measles in Wisconsin last year. A spokeswoman for the state's department of health services said people are quarantined because they have been exposed to measles and have not proved immunity.

The spokeswoman patients with confirmed cases of measles are isolated.

Murawski's family members were allowed to leave the home because they had been vaccinated.

Murawski allegedly hid inside a car his wife was driving to go to the gym. NBC News reports he told police he only stayed at the gym for a few minutes because of his guilt.

He allegedly said he was "going crazy," because he had been forced to stay at home for the last five days.

While he was out, a sheriff's deputy saw him walking with a gym bag to the car his wife was in. A deputy arrested him, but he and his wife were not charged until February. They now face up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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