FITCHBURG (CBS) – Heath officials are reporting a “low” suspect case of the measles in a student at South Street Elementary School in Fitcbhurg.

Read: Measles fact sheet (.pdf)

School officials said they are taking the “preventative measures to prevent the potential spread” of measles if the student’s case is confirmed.

Measles is a highly contagious illness that can be spread through the air by coughing or sneezing. Symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough, followed days later by a rash.

Those at the highest risk are anyone who have not had the measles or have never been vaccinated; and babies younger than 12 months old as they are too young to be vaccinated.

Anyone who notices any of these symptoms are encouraged to contact their doctor.