Two Massachusetts hospitals have reported cases of measles in the last two weeks, possibly exposing hundreds of people to the dangerous disease.
The patients with the disease are at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and Metrowest Hospital in Framingham, according to the Globe. One is a young child, while the other is an older person.
According to the Boston Globe, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has issued an alert that covers anyone who may be showing early symptoms of the disease and visited Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston between Aug. 17-3 or MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham on Aug. 23 or 24.
The DPH states that measles initially resembles a cold or cough. Soon after, a red, blotchy rash develops on the face and spreads to the rest of the body.
While most of the population has been vaccinated to prevent measles, the people most at risk of contracting the disease are those with weakened immune systems, like babies or cancer patients.
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