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Measles Case Suspected In UMass Boston Faculty Member

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Two doses of the MMR vaccine can make a person immune to measles.

Two doses of the MMR vaccine can make a person immune to measles.

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BOSTON (CBS) – A UMass Boston faculty member is suspected of having measles, according to Boston health officials.

The suspected case is a man in his 40’s who teaches at the college. Officials with the Boston Public Health Commission have asked that seven fellow faculty members and 45 students for up to 21 days.

“We’ve asked those students who have had direct contact to stay at home until we can determine its an actual case of measles,” said Patrick Day, the UMass vice chancellor.

WBZ-TV’s Jonathan Elias reports.

Students are required to be vaccinated against measles before they can attend the school. Faculty members, however, do not need an MMR vaccination to work at the school.

The case of measles, which is highly contagious and spread through the air, has not been confirmed yet.

This is the fifth suspected or confirmed case of measles in the last week. Health officials said there was no known connection to the measles scare last week in the Back Bay.

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