February 28, 2014
Massachusetts Public Health Officials have issued notification of possible exposure to measles in a number of sites in Framingham, MA including a restaurant and a grocery store.
We have no reason to believe that there is any risk to the Boston campus.
It is, however, possible that Massachusetts may see more suspect cases of measles this winter; therefore we all need to make an effort to minimize illness and risk to the Northeastern community. Checking your immunization status is the most important way to stop the disease but an emphasis on good personal hygiene is also helpful.
Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease which spreads in the air by breathing, coughing or sneezing. Symptoms of measles include a blotchy rash all over the body, fever, runny nose, cough, conjunctivitis, feeling run down, and tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth.
The best defense is to receive two MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) immunizations. Northeastern students’ immunization requirements include two (2) MMRs. It is strongly recommended that all students, staff, and faculty check their vaccination history to be sure they have a record of two doses of MMR vaccine given at least one month apart. Persons who are not fully vaccinated against measles are at the highest risk for infection. Measles immunizations are available to students at UHCS.
Remember, there is no treatment for measles - prevention is the only way to reliably avoid a potentially life threatening infection!
If you think you’ve been exposed, it is important that you be seen by a medical clinician right away to see if you need to be vaccinated. The vaccine should be given within 72 hours after exposure in order to prevent or decrease the severity of the disease.
For more information about measles, click here<http://www.northeastern.edu/uhcs/pdfs/Measlesfactsheet.pdf>.