A second case of measles has been confirmed in Lowell, and state public health officials on Saturday warned local residents may have been exposed to the contagious disease in three public places.
The case was diagnosed Thursday at Lowell Community Health Center, where the first case was diagnosed a week earlier, according to a statement from the state Department of Public Health.
"There are no known links between the two cases," Dr. Catherine Brown, the state's epidemiologist said in the statement.
Officials are now trying to identify people who may have been exposed to the disease.
The second measles patient visited a T.J. Maxx in Chelmsford on Nov. 11, and a Walmart Supercenter in Tewksbury and the health center on Nov. 15, the statement said.
On those days, people who were at T.J. Maxx from 3 to 7 p.m., Walmart from 5 to 8 p.m., and the health center from 4 to 9 p.m. could be at risk for exposure, the statement said.
The health center is reaching out to patients who may have been exposed there, and is arranging times to administer vaccinations. according to the statement.
Officials advise anyone in those areas to contact their doctors see if they have had a measles vaccine. "Getting vaccinated within 3 to 5 days of an exposure can reduce the likelihood of getting measles," Brown said.
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