Lowell confirmed measles case, public health alert

Lowell confirmed measles case, public health alert




The Lowell Community Health Center issued a measles alert on Saturday after detecting a contagious respiratory disease in a child.

In a statement, the health center said the patient was "immediately isolated" on Thursday's diagnosis and is now recovering at home.

Officials said anyone who was in the main lobby of the health center, in a pediatric waiting room, in a pharmacy or in a lab on Thursday between 12:53 clock. and 17:22 could have been suspended.

Lowell CHC has worked with the Lowell Health Department and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to identify people at risk of exposure.

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Dr. Randi Berkowitz, Chief Medical Officer of Lowell CHC, said that someone who was exposed to measles on Thursday is unlikely to be infectious yet.

"We are starting to worry that measles will be contagious after about five days," Berkowitz said. "The person … came in on Thursday, so it's been just over two days now."

Anyone who has already been vaccinated is not at risk according to the health center. Those born before 1957 in the US are also likely to be immune to the disease.

Lowell CHC asks that patients who have visited these hours and were not vaccinated to be immunized. The health center is open for these patients from 8:00 to 17:00. On Sunday.

All patients who have not been exposed to Lowell CHC patients should contact their family doctor, the statement states. They can also be tested and vaccinated with Lowell CHC.

The statement states that anyone who does not wish to be vaccinated must "exclude themselves from public activities, including work or school, from day five to day 21 of exposure in order to avoid spread of the disease.

Sophia Eppolito can be reached at sophia.eppolito@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @SophiaEppolito,

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