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Precautionary Information on Boston Measles Case

The College is sending the following information as a precaution to the community.

The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has confirmed a measles case in Boston, diagnosed October 6, 2019. During the infectious period, the individual went to several locations within the city where other people may have been exposed.

Exposures to this individual may have occurred at the following locations and times in Boston:

Friday, October 4, 1:30-4:30 pm
Render Coffee, 563 Columbus Avenue, South End

Friday, October 4, 2:30-4:45 pm
Cafe Madeleine, 517 Columbus Avenue, South End

Friday, October 4, 6:30-9:30 pm
Gyroscope, 305 Huntington Avenue, Fenway

Saturday, October 5, 11:30 am-1:35 pm
CouCou, 24 Union Park Street, South End

Saturday, October 5, 12:00-2:15 pm
Sir Speedy, 827 Boylston Street, Back Bay

People who were at these locations could become ill until October 25-26 (up to 21 days following potential exposure). Anyone who was exposed and is unclear of their immunization status, or begins to develop symptoms of measles, should call their healthcare provider. Early symptoms include a high fever, runny nose, cough, and red eyes. A skin rash usually occurs three to five days later, and begins and flat, red spots on the face.

Those who have had measles in the past or have received two doses of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine are unlikely to become ill, even if exposed. The BPHC recommends that anyone who does not know their measles immunization status should be vaccinated with at least one dose of the MMR vaccine. 

Those students with medical or religious exemptions for immunizations who may have come in contact with the infected individual at the locations noted are encouraged to contact the Center for Health and Wellness or their primary care clinician for further recommendations.

Please remember, measles is very contagious virus that is spread through the air, usually through coughing and sneezing. The virus may remain in the environment for up to two hours after the infectious person has left the area. Exposure can occur even without direct contact with an infectious person.

Anyone with any questions should contact Emerson’s Center for Health and Wellness at 617-824-8666

Additional information from the BPHC is also available online.


Jane Powers, MSN, ANP-BC
Director, Center for Health & Wellness

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