Measles case confirmed on Martha’s Vineyard

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BOSTON (WWLP) – A child who was visiting Martha’s Vineyard has been confirmed as the second case of measles in Massachusetts this year. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Monday that the child had come to Massachusetts from another state, and was potentially contagious between June 8 and June 17.

Some of the places where the child may have exposed others are:

  • The West Tisbury Public Library on June 8 between 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.
  • The Aquinnah Library June 9 between 3:00 P.M. and 5:30 P.M. and on June 11 between 3:30 P.M. and 6:30 P.M.
  • Martha’s Vineyard Airport Laundromat in West Tisbury on June 12 between 1:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M.
  • Sharky’s Cantina in Oak Bluffs on June 16 from 7:30 to 10:30 P.M.
  • Ryan Family Amusements in Oak Bluffs on June 16 from 5:30 to 9:30 P.M.

Measles is highly contagious, but state health officials are not extremely concerned about an outbreak, due to the state’s high immunization rate. Some 95% of Massachusetts residents are vaccinated, though the immunization rate on Martha’s Vineyard is slightly lower- at 89% for kindergarteners.

So far this year, both confirmed cases of measles in Massachusetts are believed to be “imported cases,” meaning that they did not originate here. The first confirmed case of 2015 was in a student visiting Massachusetts from western Europe.

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