First case of measles found in Massachusetts

Mass. (NEWS10) – Health officials in Massachusetts have confirmed the very first case of measles in the state this year.

The case was found in a visiting student from Western Europe. Although measles is very contagious, health officials say more than 95% of students in the state have already been vaccinated, making a widespread outbreak unlikely.

According to the health department, early symptoms of measles occur 10 days to two weeks after exposure and may resemble a cold or flu.

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