BOSTON (WGGB/WSHM) -- A person in Massachusetts has been diagnosed with the highly contagious measles.

The state's Department of Public Health said that the person traveled to many places across the state while contagious.

Tonight, they're urging anyone who may have been exposed to get vaccinated.

Mass. DPH said that the person was diagnosed on Sunday, but had traveled to many places last week.

None of the those locations are in western Massachusetts, but with some of the country in a measles outbreak, officials aren't taking any chances.

Mass. DPH is warning of potential exposure to measles after someone in the state was diagnosed yesterday.

Health officials said this is the first case of measles in Massachusetts this year.

"About 90 percent of the people that you come in contact with that are talking distance apart will get measles if you are currently positive with the measles," said physician assistant Jessica Batchelder with AF Urgent Care.

Health officials said that the person diagnosed traveled to several areas in Massachusetts including:

Tuesday 3/26

1:40 PM - 4:40 PM

  • KKatie's Burger Bar
  • 38 Main St Ext, Plymouth

Wednesday 3/27

8:40 am - 10:45 am

  • Starbucks
  • 12 Market Pl Dr, Waltham

2:05 pm - 4:20 pm

  • Framingham Service Plaza on I-90 Westbound

Thursday 3/28

8:50 am - 11:10 am

  • Staples
  • 800 Lexington St Waltham

9:10 am - 11:15 am

  • Dunkin’
  • Wal-Lex Shopping Center
  • 876A Lexington St, Waltham

11:55 am - 2:05 pm

  • Whole Foods
  • 990 Lyannough Rd, Hyannis

2:00 pm - 4:05 pm

  • Target
  • 250 Granite St, Braintree

"Hypthothetically, that person walked into a service plaza and decided to cough sitting in the middle of the service plaza, and there was a worker next to her or him. They could've passed that on to anyone in close proximty. You could be stopping to get gas, going to visit your family in Boston, coming from out here and there's 5,000 people sitting at a service plaza," Batchelder added.

Batchedler said that symptoms of the measles include a high fever that would be out of the blue. After three or four days, lesions in the mouth and a rash could break out on your body that's extremely red.

"You should go talk to your doctor or your primary care to check your immunizations status. You can receieve the measles vaccine within 72 hours of being exposed with the theory that it might potentially help you," Batchelder explained.

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