Massachusetts Health Officials Announce Confirmed Case of Measles

Patient identified as individual with unknown vaccination history

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission have confirmed the first case of measles in the Commonwealth this year.

The patient has been identified as an individual with an unknown vaccination history who recently visited Massachusetts from Europe.

There have been potential exposures in the greater Boston area from May 1-8.

MDPH and BPHC recommend that those potentially exposed call their healthcare providers with questions or concerns.

Boston residents and exposed individuals who work or attend school in Boston should call BPHC at 617-534-5611.

Those outside Boston should contact MDPH at 617-983-6800 or their local 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 individual with measles was in the following locations at the following times while contagious: 

Sunday, May 1, 2016


• TRANSPORTATION: MBTA #1 Bus – Newbury St., Boston to Harvard Square

• Harvard Square: Shopped at J August, 1320 Massachusetts Ave.

12:00pm -4:00pm

• Cambridgeside Galleria

  • Ate at Panda Express in the food court
  • Shopped at Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, PacSun
  • Starbucks

• 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.

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