Two measles cases confirmed in Mass. hospitals

Posted: 09/03/13 at 10:00 pm EDT      Last Updated: 09/04/13 at 1:37 pm EDT

BOSTON (WHDH) -- State health officials have issued a warning about the possible exposure to measles at two area hospitals.

The Department of Public Health says there are two confirmed cases of measles in the last two weeks: one at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham and another at Mass. General in Boston.

They're saying if you visited Mass. General from Aug. 17 to Aug. 23 or MetroWest on Aug 23 or 24 to be on the lookout for these symptoms.

It will look a lot like cold, fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes but with measles a rash will appear on your skin 2-4 days after those initial symptoms. The rash will appear on the head and move downward.

All of these symptoms would appear 10 days to two weeks after exposure.

The last outbreak of the measles came in 2011 when a worker at South Station tested positive. More than five people got the measles that time; they ranged in age from 16-months to 65-years-old.

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