Officials Warn of Measles Exposure at Mass. Hospital, Other Locations

Massachusetts health officials are warning of potential measles exposures at an area hospital, library, pool and other locations.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health said it has confirmed a case of measles that was diagnosed at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington. The individual, during their infectious period, was in a number of locations that could have resulted in exposures to other people.

Those locations include:

  • Boston Logan International Airport Terminal B between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 15
  • The Lexington High School Library between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 16
  • The Irving H. Mabee Town Pool Complex in Lexington from noon to 2 p.m. on Aug. 19
  • The Lahey Outpatient Center in Lexington from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 20
  • The emergency department at Lahey Hospital in Burlington from 1 to 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 20
  • The intensive care and critical care units at Lahey Hospital in Burlington from 8 p.m. on Aug. 20 to 9 p.m. on Aug. 21

Measles is very contagious and people who are not immune and visited those locations may be at risk for developing measles or may now be developing symptoms of the disease. Anyone who visited the locations during the times listed is advised to contact their health provider to confirm their immunization status.

Those who were exposed and begin to develop measles symptoms should call their health care provider before visiting an office, clinic or emergency department to avoid putting others at risk.

Early symptoms of measles occur 10 days to two weeks after exposure and may resemble a cold, with fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes. A rash also occurs on the skin two to four days after the initial symptoms develop, usually appearing first on the head and then moving downward.

People with measles may be contagious for up to four days before the rash appears and for four days after the day the rash appears.

For more information, contact your local health department or call DPH at 617-983-6800.

Click here for additional information on the DPH website.

Earlier this summer, Boston health officials alerted the public to a potential measles exposure on July 19 and 20 at a Tasty Burger near Fenway Park and Boston Logan International Airport.

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