Bulk health authorities: Potential exposure to measles at various sites



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BOSTON – State health officials are alerting the public that a person diagnosed with measles in greater Boston has gone to various locations throughout the state where others may have been exposed.

The infected person, who was diagnosed on Sunday, traveled to various locations during the infectious period, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Locations include Plymouth, Waltham, Braintree, Framingham and Hyannis.

"The measles virus is currently causing large national and international outbreaks of measles, and lack of vaccination combined with domestic and international travel has resulted in the spread of the disease," said Catherine Brown, a Massachusetts epidemiologist, in a statement. "Being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from this disease."

Measles is very contagious. Nonimmigrants who have visited any of the locations on the dates and times specified below may be at risk of developing measles and it is advisable to contact your doctor to confirm your immunization status.

Those who have not been immunized or do not know their immunization status against measles should be vaccinated with at least one dose of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine.

The measles vaccine administered within 72 hours after exposure may prevent measles disease, and vaccination beyond this window will provide protection against subsequent exposures.

DPH, local health departments, and health service providers are working to contact individuals at high risk of exposure.

Locations, including dates and times, where the infected person may have exposed others include:

Tuesday, March 26:

13:40 a.m. 4:40 p.m. Burger Bar KKatie, 38 Main St Ext, Plymouth

Wednesday, March 27:

8:40 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. Starbucks, 12 Market Place Drive, Waltham

2:05 PM to 4:20 PM: Framingham Service Square on I-90 Westbound

Thursday, March 28:

8:50 am to 11:10 am, Staples, 800 Lexington St., Waltham

9:10 a.m. to 11:15 p.m., Dunkin's Donuts, Wal-Lex Mall
876A Lexington St., Waltham

11:55 a.m. to 2:05 p.m., Whole Foods, 990 Lyannough Road, Hyannis

2 pm to 4:05 pm, Target, 250 Granite St, Braintree

Those who have been exposed and begin to develop measles symptoms should call their doctor before visiting an office, clinic or emergency department.

Initial measles symptoms occur 10 days to 2 weeks after exposure and may resemble a cold (with fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes) and a rash occurs on the skin 2-4 days after the onset of symptoms initials.

The rash usually appears first on the head and then moves down. The rash usually lasts for a few days and then disappears in the same order. People with measles can be contagious up to four days before the onset of the rash appears and for four days after the day the rash appears.

The CDC's recommendations are:
• Children. Children should receive the first dose of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine (MMR) between 12 and 15 months. School-age children need two doses of the MMR vaccine.
Adults Adults should have at least one dose of the MMR vaccine. Certain high-risk groups need two doses of MMR, such as international travelers, health professionals, and college students. Adults born in the USA before 1957 are considered measles-immune from past exposures.

For additional information, contact the local health department or the DPH of the state at 617-983-6800.

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