Second case of measles confirmed in Lowell

Massachusetts
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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has confirmed a second case of measles in Lowell.

According to a news release sent to 22News, the second case on November 15 at the Lowell Community Health Center.

The release said the individual diagnosed was present in a number of locations that could have resulted in exposure to others during the infections period.

Exposure to the individual may have occurred at the following locations and times: 

T.J. Maxx, 288 Chelmsford St., Chelmsford               

  • Sunday November 11, 2018 
  • 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.                     

Lowell Community Health Center, 161 Jackson St., Lowell                                   

  • Thursday November 15, 2018
  • 4:00 p.m. –- 9:00 p.m.

Walmart Supercenter, 333 Main St., Tewksbury                              

  • Thursday November 15, 2018 
  • 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.                     

Anyone who thinks they may have been exposed at the locations and times is urged to contact their health care provider to confirm their immunization status. 

The first case of measles was diagnosed at the Lowell Community Health Center on November 8.

Symptoms of measles include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and sometimes a rash. Stymptoms typically develop 10 days to 2 weeks after exposure.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Brown said, there are no known links between the two cases.

“Our efforts now are to identify people who may be at risk of getting ill and to get them vaccinated. Getting vaccinated within 3-5 days of an exposure can reduce the likelihood of getting measles,” said Brown.

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