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Second Measles case confirmed in Merrimack Valley

CHELMSFORD, MA – A second case of measles has been confirmed in the Merrimack Valley, state health officials said on…

CHELMSFORD, MA – A second case of measles has been confirmed in the Merrimack Valley, state health officials said on Saturday. The Department of Public Health said that the person was diagnosed on Thursday and was present at a number of areas during the infection period.

The person was at:

  • The Chelmsford T.J. Maxx on Sunday 11 November between kl. 3-7
  • Tewksbury Walmart Supercenter on Thursday November 15, between kl. 17-18
  • Lowell Community Health Center Thursday 1

    5 November between 4-9 pm

Fairs are highly contagious, and those who are not immune and visit any of the above mentioned sites during those times may be at risk of develop the disease, officials said. You should call your healthcare professional to confirm your immunization status. Those who do not know their status should be vaccinated with at least one dose of MMR vaccine, officials said.

Another patient was diagnosed with measles on November 8th. Both diagnoses were made at the Lowell Community Health Center, but “there are no known links between the two cases,” states state epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown.

“Our effort is now to identify people who may be at risk of getting sick and getting them vaccinated, “Brown said.” Being vaccinated within 3-5 days of exposure may reduce the likelihood of getting measles. “

Early symptoms resemble cold-like symptoms and occur 10-14 days after exposure. A rash occurs 2-4 days after the first symptoms. The discharge usually begins on the head and moves downwards.

People with measles may be infectious up to four days after the rash occurs four days after it disappears.

Call the Department of Public Health at 617-983-6800 for more information.

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