5 New Measles Cases Confirmed In Mass.

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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/AP) – The state Department of Public Health said Tuesday there are five new cases of measles in Massachusetts.

That brings the total for the year to 10 confirmed cases.

Read: Measles fact sheet (.pdf)

A clinical advisory went out to local doctors’ offices after health officials were notified last week.

The patients range in age from 16 months to 65 years old and there is no connection between cases at this time, according to a DPH spokesperson. One of the cases was reported in a man in his 40’s who worked at South Station while he was contagious.

No other information about the patients was revealed.

Measles are highly contagious and can be contracted through the air.

General symptoms include a rash, fever, runny nose, and cough.

The DPH said people should be up to date with their MMR vaccinations. People with two doses of the vaccine are said to be immune to measles.

There were two confirmed cases in Boston in late February and early March.

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