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State health officials have confirmed the second measles case of the year in a child in Greater Boston.

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During the infectious period, the child was present in a number of locations in the Quincy area that could have resulted in exposure to other people.

“Lack of vaccination, combined with domestic and international travel, has resulted in the spread of measles nationally and internationally,” said Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH.  “Getting vaccinated is the best way for people to protect themselves from this disease.”

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) urges all those who do not know their measles immunization status to get vaccinated with at least one dose of the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine.  Measles vaccine given within 72 hours of exposure may prevent measles disease, and vaccination beyond this window will provide protection from subsequent exposures.  DPH, local health departments, and healthcare providers are working to contact individuals at high risk for exposure.

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From January 1 to May 24, 2019, 940 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 26 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington). This is an increase of 60 cases from the previous week. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the U.S. since 1994 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.

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