Thousands of journalists, auto industry executives and others may have been exposed to rubella, or the German measles, in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, health officials said.

A person from New York attended the Detroit auto show’s press preview days Jan. 13-15 while possibly contagious, said Lynn Sutfin, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The Free Press interviewed Dr. Trini Mathew, medical director of hospital epidemiology and infection control at Beaumont Hospital Royal Oak, and compiled facts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state DHHS to answer questions about what the exposure might mean for their health.

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