Boston disease trackers are investigating a third possible case of measles today, a week after a Back Bay office worker tested positive for the respiratory ailment.
Two other suspected cases of the potentially life-threatening illness were reported yesterday. Laboratory tests are being performed to confirm whether the three suspected cases truly have measles.
The latest possible case is a man in his 40s who has symptoms suggestive of measles, including fever, cough, runny nose, and a telltale rash.
Dr. Anita Barry, top disease tracker with the Boston Public Health Commission, said her investigators are still determining if the man had contact with the infected Back Bay worker or visited restaurants the woman frequented.
The city health agency is conducting a measles vaccination drive until 5 p.m. at the Park Square Building, 31 St. James Ave.
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