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Were You Exposed to Measles?



    Were You Exposed to Measles?

    A student from Europe who has been diagnosed with measles visited locations in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. (Published Wednesday, April 29, 2015)

    New Hampshire public health officials say some customers and workers at a Portsmouth restaurant may have been exposed to measles last week, but a widespread outbreak is unlikely given the state's high vaccination rate.

    The Department of Health and Human Services says a student from western Europe who has been diagnosed with measles while visiting Massachusetts also spent time in New Hampshire. The only known public exposure site in New Hampshire was the Flatbread Company restaurant in Portsmouth. The state is encouraging anyone who was there on April 20 between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to monitor themselves for symptoms, which include high fever, cough, runny nose and conjunctivitis several days before the development of a body rash.

    Officials at the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the student also visited the Kittery Outlets on April 20. Maine health officials say the student shopped at the malls between noon and 3 p.m. and stopped in several stores. Maine Health and Human Services Acting Chief Health Officer Dr. Christopher Pezzullo says anyone who was at the mall between noon and 5 p.m. should check their immunization records and be mindful of symptoms.

    Massachusetts health officials announced Tuesday that the student had been to several locations around the state between April 22 and April 24, including:

    • The JFK Library in South Boston
    • A Subway restaurant and The Garage shopping center in Cambridge
    • The Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester
    • The MBTA Commuter Rail inbound from Hamilton to North Station in Boston
    • Quincy Market, including visits to Foot Locker and Abercrombie & Fitch in the Fanueil Hall area and TJ Maxx
    • The MBTA Commuter Rail outbound from North Station to Hamilton

    The incubation period for measles is typically 10 to 14 days. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. A rash breaks out three to five days after symptoms begin.

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