Person with measles visited Wrentham Outlets
By News Staff
The first case of measles in Massachusetts has been confirmed.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says a person who recently visited the state from Europe had the virus and their immunization history was unknown.
Officials are warning of potential exposures over the past week, from May 1-8, in the greater Boston area including some locations in Wrentham.
Anyone who was potentially exposed Is recommended to call their healthcare provider or health department.
The individual with measles was in the following locations at the following times while contagious. Because measles virus can remain in the air for two hours, an additional two hours has been added to each location listed below. MDPH and BPHC recommend that those potentially exposed call their healthcare providers or the health department with questions or concerns.
The infected individual was in the following locations during the following days and times:
Sunday, May 1, 2016
TRANSPORTATION: MBTA #1 Bus – Newbury St., Boston to Harvard Square
Harvard Square: Shopped at J August, 1320 Massachusetts Ave.
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.
Early symptoms of measles occur 10 days to 2 weeks after exposure and may resemble a cold with fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes, but a rash occurs on the skin 2-4 days after the initial symptoms develop. The rash usually appears first on the head and moves downward. The rash typically lasts a few days and then disappears in the same order. People with measles may be contagious up to four days before and for four days after the day the rash appears. People who have had measles in the past or who have been vaccinated against measles per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations are considered immune.
“People who have been exposed to measles who develop fever, cold symptoms and rash should call their healthcare provider immediately, before going in for a medical appointment, to make sure they can be evaluated without exposing others. Fortunately in Massachusetts we have very high rates of MMR vaccination, especially among school-age youth,” said Dr. Monica Bharel, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. “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.”
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