A patient was treated for measles at the Harvard Vanguard medical offices, according to the Wellesley Community and Public Health Services.
The Harvard Vanguard medical offices are at 230 Worcester St. in Wellesley. Patients who may have come into contact with the measles patient are being asked to watch for symptoms and were contacted by the office.
The symptoms of measles generally begin about 7-14 days after a person is infected, and include:
- Blotchy rash
- Runny nose
- Red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis)
- Feeling run down, achy (malaise)
- Tiny white spots with bluish-white centers found inside the mouth (Koplik’s spots)
A typical case of measles begins with mild to moderate fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, and sore throat. Two or three days after symptoms begin, tiny white spots (Koplik’s spots) may appear inside the mouth.
Three to five days after the start of symptoms, a red or reddish-brown rash appears. The rash usually begins on a person’s face at the hairline and spreads downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. When the rash appears, a person’s fever may spike to more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
After a few days, the fever subsides and the rash fades.