Case of measles confirmed in Boston, first in six years

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The Boston Public Health Commission issued a measles warning Wednesday after a person was diagnosed with the respiratory virus, the first case confirmed in a city resident since 2013, officials said.

A Boston resident has tested positive for measles.

BPHC urges anyone who does not know their measles immunization status to get vaccinated with at least one dose of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Measles is highly contagious and can spread through coughing and sneezing.

"This is a risky disease, but it is preventable", Lo said. "Getting vaccinated is the best way for everyone to protect themselves from measles", said BPHC Medical Director Dr. Jennifer Lo in a statement. Measles symptom typically appear 21 days after exposure to the infection. The virus may remain in the environment for up to two hours after the infectious person has left the area.

Symptoms of the virus include a high fever, runny nose, cough and red eyes. A rash will begin to develop three to five days after contraction, presenting initially as "flat, red spots on the face".

The BPHC also advised those who were at the locations visited by the infected person could become ill October 25-26 - up to 21 days following exposure to the disease.

Anyone who visited these locations at these times and has not been immunized -or isn't sure of their immunization status - should call their doctor, the commission said.

The commission is working with the state Department of Public Health to find individuals who may be at a high risk of exposure.

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