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Measles Outbreak in Mass. Causing Concern for Maine Residents

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is warning residents of the southern part of the state about potential exposure to measles in late March.

According to the Associated Press, the Maine CDC says it was notified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health of a confirmed case of the disease in a Massachusetts resident who visited two businesses in Maine on March 27. The businesses were Skin Clinic in Falmouth and Maine Centers for Healthcare Endoscopy in Westbrook.

The state says it has notified both facilities and is working with them to make sure people who were potentially exposed are aware. The Massachusetts resident visited the businesses, which are in the Portland area, in late morning and early afternoon.
Measles is a contagious viral disease that can cause pneumonia, brain swelling and death.

Meanwhile, according to NECN, health officials in Massachusetts posted a public health warning due to possible Measles expousure in the Bay State. NECN says some of the locations where exposures may have occurred are a Dunkin’, a Starbucks, a Whole Foods, a Staples and a Target all inthe greater Boston area.

The state Department of Public Health said a person was diagnosed with measles on Sunday. During the infectious period, the individual went to locations where other people may have been exposed.

Measles is very contagious. People who are not immune who visited any of the locations could be at risk for developing measles and are advised to contact their health care provider to confirm their immunization status.

According to health officials, exposures to the infected individual may have occurred at the following locations and times:

TUESDAY, MARCH 26

  • 1:40-4:40 p.m.: Katie’s Burger Bar, 38 Main Street Ext., Plymouth

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27

  • 8:40-10:45 a.m.: Starbucks, 12 Market Place Drive, Waltham
  • 2:05-4:20 p.m.: Framingham Service Plaza on I-90 west, Framingham

THURSDAY, MARCH 28

  • 8:50-11:10 a.m.: Staples, 800 Lexington St., Waltham
  • 9:10-11:15 a.m.: Dunkin’, Wal-Lex Shopping Center, 876A Lexington St., Waltham
  • 11:55 a.m.-2:05 p.m.: Whole Foods, 990 Lyannough Road, Hyannis
  • 2-4:05 p.m.: Target, 250 Granite St., Braintree

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