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Mass. Sees First Case Of Measles This Year, Health Officials Say

In this 2015 photo, pediatrician Charles Goodman holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)
In this 2015 photo, pediatrician Charles Goodman holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine at his practice in Northridge, Calif. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

Massachusetts health officials are reporting the first case of measles in the state this year.

The person was diagnosed Sunday with the contagious virus, according to a statement from the state's Department of Public Health.

According to the statement, the person went to several restaurants and stores last Tuesday through Thursday. Here's the full list from the state with rough times estimates:

  • Tuesday, 1:40 - 4:40 p.m. | KKatie's Burger Bar on Main Street in Plymouth 
  • Wednesday, 8:40 - 10:45 a.m. | Starbucks on Market Place Drive in Waltham
  • Wednesday, 2:05 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Framingham Service Plaza on I-90 westbound
  • Thursday, 8:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. | Staples on Lexington Street in Waltham
  • Thursday, 9:10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. | Dunkin' at the Wal-Lex Shopping Center in Waltham
  • Thursday, 11:55 - 2:05 p.m. | Whole Foods on Lyannough Road in Hyannis
  • Thursday, 2 - 4:05 p.m. | Target on Granite Street in Braintree

The state is encouraging residents to make sure they're vaccinated and to contact a doctor if they develop symptoms which include a rash, cough, runny nose and fever.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that there have been 387 cases of measles across the U.S. so far this year, surpassing in those three months the total count of measles cases for all of 2018. There were 372 cases last year.

A study released last month found strong new evidence to support existing research that shows the vaccine protecting against measles, mumps and rubella is safe and does not increase children's risks of autism.

With additional reporting from The Associated Press

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