The Boston Public Health Commission introduced Wednesday a metropolis resident was identified with measles on Oct. 6, and says others could have been uncovered to the contagious virus.
The affected person, the primary confirmed measles case in a Boston resident since 2013, went to a number of locations within the South End, Back Bay, and Fenway neighborhood between Oct. Four and 5 throughout the infectious interval, the fee stated in an announcement.
Those areas embody:
Friday, Oct. 4, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Render Coffee, 563 Columbus Ave., South End
Friday, Oct. 4, 2:30 to 4:45 p.m.
Cafe Madeleine, 517 Columbus Ave., South End
Friday, Oct. 4, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Gyroscope, 305 Huntington Ave., Fenway
Saturday, Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.
CouCou, 24 Union Park St., South End
Saturday, Oct. 5, 12 to 2:15 p.m.
Sir Speedy, 827 Boylston St., Back Bay
Measles, often known as rubeola, a contagious, airborne virus, sometimes spreads via sneezing and coughing, based on officers.
“The virus may remain in the environment for up to two hours after the infectious person has left the area. Exposure can occur even without direct contact with an infectious person,” the fee stated within the assertion. “Early symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, cough and red eyes. A skin rash usually occurs three to five days later and begins with flat, red spots on the face.”
According to the well being fee, anybody who was on the listed areas throughout these occasions may probably turn into sick as late as Oct. 25 or 26 — 21 days after the publicity.
Officials are urging anybody who doesn’t know whether or not they have been vaccinated for measles to obtain not less than one dose of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine. It’s unlikely that individuals who have had measles or have acquired two doses of measles-containing vaccine will turn into sick, even when they have been uncovered to the newest case, the fee stated.
“This is a dangerous disease, but it is preventable,” Jennifer Lo, the fee’s medical director, stated in an announcement. “Getting vaccinated is the best way for everyone to protect themselves from measles.”
Anyone who was uncovered and doesn’t know their immunization standing or develops signs ought to name their physician, officers stated.
The fee is presently working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to contact folks at excessive danger for publicity, the assertion stated.