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Framingham Trader Joe's Customers May Have Been Exposed to Measles

Individuals who shopped at Trader Joe's in Framingham on Feb. 15 and 16 may have been exposed to the measles.

Originally posted at 4:55 p.m. Updated with more details on what to do if you think you were exposed.

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health officials are confirming two cases of measles - one in Framingham and one in another MetroWest community.

An individual with measles, and infectious, was at Trader Joe's in Framingham on Feb. 15 and 16, according to the Framingham Board of Health.

Framingham Health Director Steven Ward said he could not provide demographic details on the individual with measles or if he or she was an employee of Trader Joe's.

If anyone was in the store on those days, they may wish to contact their doctor or health care provider.

Measles is a very contagious disease that usually lasts a week or two. It can cause serious problems like ear infections, pneumonia, swelling of the brain in some people, especially pregnant women, infants, and those with weakened immune systems.

Adults are also at increased risk for severe disease and may need to be hospitalized due to complications. 

Adults especially should contact their doctor about their immunication.

Measles looks and feels like a cold at first. A cough, high fever, runny nose, and red, watery eyes are common. These symptoms start about 10 days after infection. A few days later, a red blotchy rash starts on the face first, then spreads to the rest of the body.  

The virus that causes measles lives in the nose and throat and is sprayed into the air when an infected person coughs or talks. Other people nearby can then inhale the virus. Measles is very infectious and can stay in the air for up to two hours after the contagious person has left the room. 

People with measles are infectious for 4 days prior to rash onset, until 4 days after onset. If someone is susceptible to measles, they usually show symptoms 10-14 days after exposure.  

What should you do?
• If you were born in the U.S. before 1957, it is very likely that you are immune to measles. However, to increase the 
likelihood you are protected against measles, mumps and rubella, consider receiving a dose of MMR vaccine.
• If you were born in the US on or after 1957, and you do not have documentation of having 2 doses of MMR or measles-containing vaccine or serologic evidence of immunity, you must receive a dose of vaccine as soon as possible.
• If you were born outside of the US (regardless of year of birth), and you do not have documentation of having 2 doses of 
MMR or measles-containing vaccine, or serologic evidence of immunity, you should call your provider to receive a dose of 
vaccine as soon as possible.

A blood test showing you are protected against measles is also acceptable evidence of immunity. However, a past history of 
measles disease is not adequate proof of immunity.

If you develop symptoms of measles, please stay home and call your doctor.

D Penta February 24, 2014 at 08:23 PM
I'd say it was an illegal alien from Brazil, but Trader Joe's is too yuppie to hire an illegal. All those yuppie moms who drive those expensive cars must be in a panic now! Good thing they have cases of wine from Trader Joe's in their home and some expensive foreign cheese to go with it!
Michelle Gallagher February 24, 2014 at 08:57 PM
That is one of the most ignorant statements that I have ever heard D Penta and not just the first part which is terrible, but the second part too. We teach people not to stereotype and you just set us back years! You should be ashamed. I hope those that are ill get a speedy recovery.
Susan Petroni (Editor) February 24, 2014 at 09:36 PM
D Penta: Some advice - everyone is welcome to comment on Patch, but sometimes best to walk away before posting; and think should I really hit the post button and post this? Please do not attack people - individuals or entire groups.
Susan Petroni (Editor) February 24, 2014 at 11:16 PM
UPDATE: The individual contagious with the measles is an employee at Trader Joe's according to other employees at the Framingham store. He is a male employee who lives in Framingham, they told Framingham Patch.
Dave Lenane February 25, 2014 at 05:25 AM
Susan....Thanks for doing the legwork! Apparently the mainstream media had a hard time with that! They keep reporting that "It was someone who was at the store on the 15th and 16th for hours". Good to have you back! And D Penta.....I shop at Trader Joes because they sell good food! And it's not as pricey as you may think. The quality is better, and they care about their customers more than the larger chain supermarkets too! By the way...I drive an F150 with "Proud to be Irish" cling ons all over it. Kinda ruins your sterotype doesn't it!
D Penta February 25, 2014 at 06:40 AM
Three words: Freedom of Speech!
Prometheus February 25, 2014 at 07:32 AM
How did this American catch it then....there is a story for you.
Dave Lenane February 25, 2014 at 07:34 AM
@ D Penta....Three more words.....What a dope!
Prometheus February 25, 2014 at 07:38 AM
How about these three.....prove him wrong.....otherwise you are guilty of the same thing as him....guessing.
Dave Lenane February 25, 2014 at 08:06 AM
I already did....or did you not read his stereotypes. ...and my comments. Geez....glad to see these boards haven't changed....bigots. ..and internet tough guys...time to leave The Patch again!
Prometheus February 25, 2014 at 08:13 AM
You have proved nothing....other than PC ignorance.....and that someone was there for hours.
Susanne Olson February 25, 2014 at 08:14 AM
Get your kids vaccinated if they currently are not!!
mostmoderateD February 25, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Channel 5 reports it was an employee who was there between 9 and 5 pm on those 2 days..
Susan Petroni (Editor) February 25, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Thanks! I reported last night it was a Trader Joe's employee, who lives in Framingham. But there is a second case now and it has exposures at another Framingham business. And a third business was exposed to the measles too. Link: http://goo.gl/NGkg9q
michelle gallagher February 25, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Thanks Susan for the factual info. Prometheus and D Penta, if you want to surround yourself in a sheltered community then do so. However you chose to live here in a vast community of many different people. It is a wonderful place to be and unfortunately sometimes bad things happen to good people. Move on and do not fault an entire "race or ethnicity" for something that happened to one. They have gotten ill. Hope they get well and move on. Don't we have enough other more pressing issues to worry about in the world? End the hatred!

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