BOSTON, MA – Health officials warn anyone who visited Tasty Burger on Boylston Street on July 19 or at Logan Airport on July 20 that they may have been exposed to the measles.
The Boston Public Health Commission warned the public on Friday that the Commission had received notification of a confirmed case of measles, and the person confirmed that the virus had visited two locations, whereupon the alert was issued.
The commission said that it is possible that people visiting the Tasty Burger or Terminal B at Logan could get sick between July 26 and August 10, 2018:
- Tasty Burger in the 1301 Boylston Street on July 1
- Logan Airport Terminal B between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm on July 20, 2018
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Measles is a highly contagious virus that is spread by coughing and sneezing, according to health authorities.
One of the tricky things about the virus is that it can stay in the environment for up to two hours after infection infectious person has left the area, health officials said. The Commission emphasizes that exposure may also take place without direct contact with an infectious person
What should be known about measles, according to health authorities.
The following individuals have the highest risk of contracting measles:
- infants under one year of age who are too young to receive the vaccine  People who were born after 1957 and received only one dose of the MMR vaccine
- Persons who refused the vaccine
- People from parts of the world with low vaccination rates
- From 1963 to 1967 with an inactivated vaccine vaccinated individuals who have not been re-vaccinated
Early symptoms include high fever, runny nose, cough and red eyes. A rash usually occurs three to five days later, beginning as flat, red patches on the face. If these symptoms occur, it is recommended that you contact your doctor immediately for further instructions.
If a person has had measles in the past or has received two doses of the vaccine, they are unlikely to become ill even when exposed. If they are not sure about their immunity status, the Commission recommends monitoring for symptoms and contacting their health care provider.
The Boston Public Health Commission said it will work with other health officials and monitor potential exposures.
The health office said it reached Boston residents to raise awareness about risk of exposure and encourage people potentially at risk to call their health care provider by phone for further directions, according to a release. It is unclear how they alert people who may have been in and out of Terminal B at Logan Airport.
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