BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) have confirmed the first case of measles in the Commonwealth this year, in an individual with an unknown vaccination history who recently visited Massachusetts from Europe.
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.
Sunday, May 1, 2016
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Transportation: MBTA #1 Bus – Newbury St., Boston to Harvard Square
- Harvard Square: Shopped at J August, 1320 Massachusetts Ave.
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
- Cambridgeside Galleria
- 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
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
- Wrentham Village Outlet
- Ate at Unos Chicago Grill (at Wrentham)
- Shopped at Nike, Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren, and others
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
- Rockport Village, Rockport, MA
- The Pewter Shop
- Sea Star Gift Shop
- Brothers’ Brew Coffee Shop
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Wednesday Afternoon (Approximately 1:30 PM – 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.
Those potentially exposed should call their healthcare providers or the health department 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.
“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,” 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.”
People who have had measles in the past or who have been vaccinated against measles per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations are considered immune.