Massachusetts Department of Public Health issues a measles warning after a person in the greater Boston area was diagnosed with the disease on Sunday.
The victim went to several public places while infectious and could have spread the virus to other people. The measles virus, which is highly contagious, can live on surfaces for at least two hours, officials said.
"Masculine virus currently causes major national and international outbreaks of measles and lack of vaccination combined with domestic and international travel, has resulted in disease spread," Dr. Catherine Brown, Massachusetts State Epidemiologist. "Being vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself from this disease."
Officials in Rockland County, New York, have fought an outbreak of the disease for at least six months. The outbreak has been very profound in the Orthodox Jewish community. County has declared an emergency to ban unvaccinated children and teenagers from public places.
The Department of Public Health issues a warning to anyone who is not vaccinated or not immune to measles that they risk developing measles if exposed.
People who visited The following places at times and dates could have been postponed and should contact their health provider: Tuesday between 9am and 7pm. 1:40 and at. 16:40, KKatie's Burger Bar, Main Street Extension in Plymouth; Wednesday between the hours of 8:40 and at. 10:45, Starbucks, 12 Market Place Drive, Waltham; Wednesday at. 2:05 am to 4:20 pm, Framingham Service Plaza on the Massachusetts Turnpike Westbound; Thursday at. 8:50 am to 8 pm 11:10, Staples, 800 Lexington St., Waltham; Thursday 9:10 am to 11:15 pm, Dunkin at Wal-Lex Shopping Mall, Waltham; Thursday at. 11:55 to 14:05, whole foods, 990 Lyannough Road, Hyannis and Thursday 2 to 4:50 pm, Target, 250 Granite St., Braintree.
Those who have not been immunized or not by their measles immunization status must be vaccinated with at least one dose of measles, hops and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Measles vaccine given within 72 hours of exposure may prevent gastric acid disease, and vaccination beyond this window will provide protection against subsequent exposures. The department, local health departments and healthcare providers are working together to contact people at high risk of exposure, Brown said.
People born before 1957 are believed to be immune, Brown said.
Persons with measles may be contagious for four days before the rash occurs, and for four days after the day, the rash appears so that the unvaccinated should limit their exposure to public places.
Symptoms of measles occur between 10 days and two weeks after exposure. They can begin with cold symptoms such as fever, cough and runny nose. Rashes break out two to four days after the first symptoms develop and typically appear upside down and spread down. It usually lasts a few days, she said.
Those who were exposed to and started developing symptoms of measles had to call their healthcare provider before visiting an office, clinic or emergency department to avoid spreading the disease, Brown said.  Children should receive their first dose of vaccine with Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) for 12 to 15 months. Schoolchildren need two doses of MMR vaccine and adults must have at least one dose of the vaccine if they have not been inoculated. Those at high risk, including international travelers, health workers, and college students, must have two doses of the vaccine, she said.