A Boston resident has tested positive for measles. It's the first reported case in the city since 2013 and the third this year in Massachusetts, according to the Boston Public Health Commission.
The resident tested positive on Oct. 6, according to a Wednesday afternoon statement by the commission. They visited several locations in the days before this diagnosis, including:
- Friday, Oct. 4, 1:30–4:30 p.m. at Render Coffee, 563 Columbus Ave., South End
- Friday, Oct. 4, 2:30–4:45 p.m. at Cafe Madeleine, 517 Columbus Ave., South End
- Friday, Oct. 4, 6:30–9:30 p.m. at Gyroscope, 305 Huntington Ave., Fenway
- Saturday, Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:35 p.m. at CouCou, 24 Union Park St., South End
- Saturday, Oct. 5, from noon to 2:15 p.m. at Sir Speedy, 827 Boylston St., Back Bay
Anyone who came into contact with the resident or visited these locations, at these times, could become ill between Oct. 25-26, according to the Commission. Measles symptom typically appear 21 days after exposure to the infection.
The measles virus is spread through the air and is very contagious. It's also resilient; the virus can last in the environment for up to two hours after an infected person leaves an area.
Anyone who visited these locations at these times and has not been immunized --or isn't sure of their immunization status — should call their doctor, the commission said.
Early symptoms may look like a cold, with a fever, runny nose, red eyes and a cough. In three to five days, a red skin rash may appear.
"This is a dangerous disease, but it is preventable. Getting vaccinated is the best way for everyone to protect themselves from measles," said Dr. Jennifer Lo, BPHC medical director.