The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) today alerted the public of a potential measles exposure at two Boston locations, after receiving notification of a confirmed case of measles. Anyone who visited the following locations during the specified dates and times could become ill between July 26 and August 10, 2018:
- Tasty Burger at 1301 Boylston Street on July 19, 2018 between 7 p.m. - 11 p.m., and
- Logan Airport Terminal B on July 20, 2018 between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Measles is a highly contagious virus that is spread through the air through coughing and sneezing. 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.
Early symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, cough, and red eyes. A skin rash usually occurs three to five days later and begins as flat, red spots on the face. If experiencing these symptoms, people are advised to contact their health care provider by phone immediately for further instructions. If a person has had measles in the past or has received two doses of the vaccine, they are unlikely to become ill even if exposed. If they are uncertain of their immunity status, BPHC recommends monitoring for symptoms and contacting their health care provider.
BPHC is working with other health officials on this case and monitoring for potential exposures. BPHC has also reached out to Boston residents to increase awareness about risk of exposure and encourage people who were potentially exposed to call their health care provider by phone for further instructions.
For additional information, please contact BPHC at (617) 534-5611 or http://www.bphc.org/whatwedo/infectious-diseases/Infectious-Diseases-A-to-Z/Pages/Measles.aspx.