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Vermont Teenager With Measles Visited Boston’s New England Aquarium

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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.

BOSTON (CBS) – Health officials have confirmed another case of the measles in Boston.

They say a 17 year-old from Vermont, who was volunteering at the New England Aquarium has tested positive for the illness.

The teenager worked at the aquarium’s main building between May 19 and May 22.

The Boston Health Commission’s Infectious Disease Bureau is advising anyone who visited the building during that time, and isn’t already immuned to measles, to monitor their symptoms and stay out of public for the next three weeks.

Measles is highly contagious for anyone who hasn’t been vaccinated or isn’t immune. Symptoms usually begin 10 to 12 days after exposure to a person with measles, but can be delayed for as long as 18 days.

Early symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, cough, and red, watery eyes. A skin rash usually occurs two to four days later and begins on the face but soon spreads to other parts of the body.

If a person thinks they have symptoms of measles, they should contact their health care provider.

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