Patrons of Framingham's Samba's Restaurant May Also Have Been Exposed to Measles

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed a second case of measles from another MetroWest community, with associated exposures at Bose headquarters in Framingham.

By Susan Petroni

If you dined at Samba's Steak & Sushi on Route 9 in Framingham on Feb. 15 between 5:30 and 9 p.m., you may have been exposed to measles, according to the Framingham Health Department.

On Monday, the Framingham Health Department confirmed that shoppers and employees at Trader Joe's in Framingham may have been exposed to the measles on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16. 

And now a second case has been confirmed at Bose headquarters in Framingham. 

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health was notified of the confirmed measles case on Feb. 21st. 

As a result of this notification a case investigation of places frequented by the individual was conducted. As part of this investigation the Framingham Health Department provided community health notices and vaccination clinics at Trader Joes, 659 Worcester Road in Framingham, and Samba restaurant, 1138 Worcester Road in Framingham, as a preventative measure. 

Both establishments have been very cooperative and have been working in 
collaboration with the Framingham Health Department on all preventative measures, according to a press release. 
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed a second case of measles from another Metrowest community with associated exposures in a private corporate environment in Framingham. This corporation has notified its exposed employees and it is taking the appropriate steps to ensure the employees’ vaccination. 

There is no evidence that the public was exposed at this location. 

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.


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