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Patient in Framingham measles case visited physician in Wellesley

The Wellesley Health Department confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the Framingham resident with a confirmed case of the measles visited a Harvard Vanguard medical clinic in Wellesley on Feb. 17.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health spokesperson said Wednesday afternoon that there are still only two confirmed cases of the measles and could not confirm whether or not the Framingham case had visited a doctor in Wellesley.

A Harvard Vanguard spokesperson said that the patients who may have potentially been exposed have been notified.

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“The safety and wellbeing of our patients and staff is our utmost priority,” said Dr. Benjamin Kruskal, the chief of infectious disease at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, in a prepared statement. “We’ve been working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to notify anyone who may have been exposed to measles on February 17, and to seek verification of their immune status.”

On Wednesday, a Framingham health department official revealed that the two confirmed cases of the measeles were a resident of Framingham and a resident of Spencer, who works in Framingham.

At this point, three sites of measles exposure in Framingham have been identified as Trader Joe’s, Samba Steak & Sushi restaurant, and Bose Corporation headquarters. The primary care physician’s office in Wellesley is the first location outside of Framingham where people may have been exposed to the measles.

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The Wellesley Health Department said that if people have any concerns they should contact their primary care physician’s office.

Initial symptoms of the measles are similar to a cold (fever, runny nose, red eyes), but a rash may begin to appear on the skin after a few days. Health officials warn that the measles is contagious four days before and after the rash appears.

“There is no specific treatment for the measles, only supportive treatment for symptoms,” said Dr. Greg Wallace, an infectious disease expert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a phone interview Tuesday. “There is no antiviral or antibiotic. The only thing to do is to make sure you’re doing everything you can to make sure you don’t expose yourself to others.”

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