August 24 2018

Department of Public Health Confirms Measles Case Diagnosed at Lahey Hospital

By: Rich Hosford

State health officials are alerting Massachusetts residents of a confirmed case of measles that was diagnosed in a patient in Burlington.


“The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) has confirmed a case of measles which was diagnosed at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (LHMC),” a release states. “The individual, during their infectious period, was in a number of locations that could have resulted in exposures to other people.”


DPH says measles is very contagious and people who are not immune and visited the locations listed below on the specified dates may be at risk for developing measles or may now be developing symptoms of the disease.  


“Anyone who visited these locations on any of these dates during the times listed is advised to contact their health care provider to confirm their immunization status,” DPH


State officials are urging all those who do not know their measles immunization status to get vaccinated with at least one dose of Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine. Measles vaccine given within 72 hours of exposure may prevent measles disease, and vaccination beyond this window will provide protection from subsequent exposures.


Lahey hospital has been reaching out to individuals at high risk of exposure, and is collaborating with DPH and local health authorities to ensure that all exposed individuals have this information, the release states.


Here are the locations and dates official say the patient visited:


  • - Logan Airport Terminal B, Boston 8/15, 8:30am - 10:30am

  • - Lexington High School Library, 251 Waltham St., Lexington 8/16, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

  • - Irving H. Mabee Town Pool Complex, 80 Worthen Rd., Lexington 8/19, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

  • - Lahey Outpatient Center, Lexington, 16 Hayden Ave., Lexington 8/20, 11:30am - 3:00pm

  • - Lahey Hospital, Burlington, Emergency Department 8/20, 1pm - 10:30pm

  • - Lahey Hospital, Burlington, Inpatient Units 7 Central, 6 Central, and 5 Central (ICU and CCU) 8/20 from 8:00pm to 8/21 at 9:00pm

DPH says those who were exposed and begin to develop symptoms of measles should call their healthcare provider before visiting an office, clinic or emergency department.


“Visiting a healthcare facility may put others at risk and should be avoided,” the release states. “Anyone who has had measles in the past or has received two doses of the vaccine is unlikely to develop measles even if exposed.”


Early symptoms of measles occur 10 days to two weeks after exposure and may resemble a cold (with fever, cough, runny nose, and red eyes) and a rash occurs on the skin 2-4 days after the initial symptoms develop. The rash usually appears first on the head and then moves downward. The rash typically lasts a few days and then disappears in the same order.


People with measles may be contagious up to four days before the rash appears and for four days after the day the rash appears, the release states.


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