BOSTON, Mass. (WPRI) — The Massachusetts Department of Health confirmed Thursday the state has its fist case of measles this year.
According to the department, the infection was detected in “an individual with an unknown vaccination history who recently visited Massachusetts from Europe.”
Officials said there were possible exposures over the past week in the greater Boston area, from May 1 to 8, 2016.
Early symptoms of measles occur between 10 days and two weeks after exposure. Symptoms may resemble a cold with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes, but a skin rash occurs two to four days after the initial symptoms develop.
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Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to measles should immediately confirm if they have had two doses of the MMR vaccine or have evidence of immunity to the virus. Those without immunity should contact their doctor right away to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
According to the health department, “Young infants, pregnant women, and those with severe immunocompromising health conditions who may have been exposed are at particular risk and should contact their healthcare providers as soon as possible.”
“If you have been exposed to measles, be on the alert for 21 days after exposure, to watch for symptoms of respiratory illness with fever, followed by a rash,” said said Dr. Monica Bharel, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
The individual with measles was at the following locations while contagious, according to the department of health:
Sunday, May 1, 2016
- TRANSPORTATION: MBTA #1 Bus – Newbury St., Boston to Harvard Square
- Harvard Square: Shopped at J August, 1320 Massachusetts Ave.
- Cambridgeside Galleria
- Ate at Panda Express in the food court
- Shopped at Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, PacSun
- TRANSPORTATION: Back to Boston via MBTA (Green line)
Monday, May 2, 2016
- Wrentham Village Outlet
- Ate at Unos Chicago Grill (at Wrentham)
- Shopped at Nike, Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren, and others
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
- Rockport Village, Rockport, MA
- The Pewter Shop
- Sea Star Gift Shop
- Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon (Approximately 1:30 – 4:30 PM)
- Star Market at the Prudential (53 Huntington Ave. Boston, Massachusetts 02199)
- Nespresso Boutique Bar (7 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116)
Thursday, May 5 – Sunday May 8, 2016 – Massachusetts General Hospital
- Patients and visitors known to have potentially been exposed will be notified by the hospital or the health department.