Two cases of the measles reported in Metrowest region


FRAMINGHAM, Mass. ( -- The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has confirmed two cases of the measles within the past week in people who live in the Metrowest area.

One of the people with a confirmed case was in the Trader Joe's in Framingham on Feb. 15 and 16 while infectious, according to the Mass. DPH. Health officials have not said whether the person in Trader Joe's was an employee or a customer.

Other details about the cases were not immediately available.

Flyers were posted around the grocery store, warning shoppers.

Steven Ward, Framingham's health director, said pinpointing where the virus was transmitted can be very difficult.

Opting for education, Ward's department held two clinics at Trader Joe's, vaccinating some 50 people.

Though most people have been vaccinated against measles, the disease is very contagious and lasts one to two weeks. Early symptoms develop 10 days to two weeks after exposure, and may resemble a cold. Two to four days after the initial symptoms develop, a rash appears, usually first on the head and then moving downward.

The disease can cause serious problems lie ear infections, pneumonia, and brain swelling in some people. People more prone to these serious problems include pregnant women, infants and those who have weakened immune systems.

Anyone who is pregnant or has an weakened immune system who thinks they may have been exposed to the disease is urged to contact a health provider right away. Additionally, people who begin to develop symptoms should also contact their doctor.