Earlier this week, we received bad news about the flu. Now, we’re looking at the second measles case to occur in Boston in the past three months.
Yesterday, the Boston Public Health Commission confirmed the diagnosis, which was made on January 8. The person affected is a Northeastern student who lives in Boston. Back in October, a case of measles was confirmed in the South End. At that time, it was the first confirmed case in Boston since 2013.
The BPH has determined that other people may have been exposed to the disease before the person was diagnosed in the time window of January 3-January 6 on the Northeastern campus. Other places the student is known to have been include:
January 3 – 8:50 p.m.-11:30 p.m.: Logan Airport, Terminal E
January 4 – 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.: Blick Art Materials, 333 Mass Ave.
January 4 – 2 p.m.-5 p.m.: Tatte Bakery at the Marino Center, 369 Huntington Ave.
January 4 – 12:45 p.m.-3 p.m.: Wollaston Market, 369 Huntington Ave.
January 4 – 9 p.m.-11:15 p.m.: Wollaston Market, 369 Huntington Ave.
January 5 – 11:55 a.m.-2:30 p.m.: CVS, 231 Mass Ave.
January 6 – 7 a.m.-9:30 a.m.: Rebecca’s Cafe at Churchill Hall, 360 Huntington Ave.
January 6 – 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.: AT&T Store, 699 Boylston St.
January 6 – 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.: UNIQLO, 341 Newbury St.
January 6 – 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.: Brandy Melville, 351 Newbury St.
January 6 – 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.: Amelia’s Taqueria, 1076 Boylston St.
The BPH says anyone who knows they were in those locations during the relevant time window is at risk of becoming ill up until January 24-January 27. If you’re not sure what your immunization status is, get to your doctor ASAP and ask for the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine, also known as the MMR vaccine.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first signs of measles include high fever, cough, runny nose, and red/watery eyes. The infamous red spots may appear three to five days later.
For more information please contact the BPH at 617-534-5611, Northeastern University at 617-373-2772, or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800.
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