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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Comments (2)
  1. emom says:

    Some diseases have been on the rise.. Measles shouldn’t be, However many young children may not have had at least 2 of the shots, and many adults never had the booster , mostly pregnant women would receive the MMR booster shot. BUT with more and more Foreign folks visiting this country and eventually staying here, they bring this disease with them,. In other countries the MMR shot is not used as much if at all.. The problem with many Foreign diseases is we are not totally immune and in many cases we are totally vulnerable. We would not even know a foreigner had a disease and then we get in contact with them and there is a risk to our health or someone we Know. These diseases can cause severe illness and even death to us. All we as Americans can do is be sure we update our immunizations, its in our best interest..

  2. taxedout says:

    Make sure the Illegals get their shots first, and that includes Obama’s auntie!!!!Hang in there girl, help is on the way!!!!

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