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Measles case confirmed in Lowell, issued public health

The Lowell Community Health Center issued a measles warning on Saturday after a child was diagnosed with contagious respiratory disease.In…

The Lowell Community Health Center issued a measles warning on Saturday after a child was diagnosed with contagious respiratory disease.

In a statement, the health center said the patient was “immediately isolated” when diagnosed on Thursday and now recovering from home.

Officials said someone in the health center’s main lobby, pediatric waiting room, pharmacy or lab on Thursday between 12:53 and 5:22 pm. may have been exposed.

Lowell CHC has worked with the Lowell Health Department and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to find people at risk of exposure.

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Dr. Randi Berkowitz, Lowell CHC’s chief physician, said that if anyone is being exposed to measles on Thursday, they are unlikely to be infectious.

“We are beginning to worry that measles are infectious in about five days,” said Berkowitz. “The individual … came in on Thursday, so it’s a little more than two days ago now.”

The person already vaccinated is not in danger according to the health center’s statement. Those born in the United States before 1957 are also likely to be immune to the disease.

Lowell CHC asked that all patients who visited during these hours and had not been vaccinated to go to immunize. The health center will be open to these patients from 8:00 to 5:00 on Sunday.

All non-Lowell CHC patients who may have been exposed should contact their primary care practitioner, says the statement. They will also be able to be tested and vaccinated at Lowell CHC.

The statement states that anyone who chooses not to be vaccinated “must exclude from public activities, including work or school, from day five to day 21 of exposure, to avoid spreading the disease.”

Sophia Eppolito can be reached on [email protected] Follow her on Twitter @ SophiaEppolito .

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