With the total number of statewide measles cases already at nearly six times the annual average, doctors fear the rise will only continue.
Health officials say that makes 17 measles cases this year.
There are two more confirmed cases of the measles in Massachusetts.
The state Department of Public Health said Tuesday there are five new cases of measles in Massachusetts.
Measles, a highly contagious disease considered rare in the U.S., has turned up in the Ocean State.
Boston health officials confirmed a second case of measles in the city on Wednesday.
A UMass Boston faculty member is suspected of having measles, according to Boston health officials.
Boston health officials said there is another suspected case of the measles in the city.
Health care officials are working to contain the potential spread of measles in Boston’s Back Bay. A worker at the French consulate was diagnosed with the highly contagious infection.