Officials: Possible Measles Exposure In Boston Area And Maine

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Health officials say they have diagnosed a positive case of measles in the Greater Boston area.

They are issuing a warning to the public of a possible exposure during the infectious period.

State health officials say the patient was diagnosed on Sunday.

That person went out to eat, did their shopping, got coffee and stopped by whole foods and a target in Plymouth, Waltham, Framingham, Hyannis and Braintree on the following days:

Tuesday 3/26

1:40 PM - 4:40 PM - Plymouth, MA

KKatie's Burger Bar 38 Main St Ext, Plymouth, MA 02360=

Wednesday 3/27

8:40 am - 10:45 am - Waltham, MA

Starbucks 12 Market Pl Dr, Waltham, MA 02451

2:05 pm - 4:20 pm - Framingham, MA

Framingham Service Plaza on I-90 Westbound

Thursday 3/28

8:50 am - 11:10 am - Waltham, MA

Staples 800 Lexington St Waltham, Massachusetts 02451

9:10 am - 11:15 am - Waltham, MA

Dunkin’ Wal-Lex Shopping Center

876A Lexington St

11:55 am - 2:05 pm- Hyannis, MA

Whole Foods 990 Lyannough Rd, Hyannis, MA 02601

2:00 pm - 4:05 pm - Braintree, MA

Target 250 Granite St, Braintree, MA 02184

In addition, this person also traveled to the following locations in Maine

Wednesday March 27th

Skin Clinic, Falmouth, Maine

10:55am - 1:05pm

Maine Centers for Healthcare Endoscopy, Westbrook, Maine

11am - 2pm

They are urging all who are not vaccinated to contact their doctors if they believe they were in the area of the infected person.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Measles is a highly contagious virus that is usually spread through coughing and sneezing.

It's described by fever; cough; runny nose; and red, watery eyes followed by a rash that spreads from the head to toe. Measles can cause severe health complications including pneumonia, brain swelling, and death.

“The measles virus is currently causing large national and international outbreaks of measles and a lack of vaccination, combined with domestic and international travel, has resulted in the spread of illness,” said Dr. Catherine Brown, Massachusetts State Epidemiologist.“Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from this disease,”she said.

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WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

 

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