FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WHDH) -
Shoppers at Trader Joe’s in Framingham have been warned to be on the lookout for Measles after two cases were confirmed in the area.
The Framingham Board of Health said one of the two people who has the infection was at the grocery store on Feb. 15 and 16 and that anyone who shopped their during that time frame may have been exposed.
“It’s a very contagious disease, we want to take care of it right away, especially in the location that we knew the individual was at... We went on site with vaccine education and interviewed those who were there and staff and determined whether they should be vaccinated or not," Framingham Health Director Steven Ward said.
About 50 people, mostly employees took advantage of the shots.
If you're vaccinated or have had measles before you're considered immune. However, health officials said there are plenty of people out there who are at risk.
Still many shoppers said they're not worried.
“I didn’t hug or kiss anybody, no one sneezed on me. So no, I’m not a germaphobic,” said one shopper.
“If you think about it you get on a plane and there are so many people out there. I got a cold on the plane so yeah you never know,” said another shopper.
Symptoms of measles are similar to that of a cold, including: coughing, runny nose, fever and red eyes. The tell-tale rash doesn't start for a few days, but by then a person is already spreading the disease. It takes about 10 days for symptoms to show, but people can be contagious several days before that.
There are signs up at the Trader Joe’s on Route 9 in Framingham and clinics have also been held warning people about the possibility of exposure:
“If you work or were a patron inside Trader Joe’s in Framingham on Saturday February 15th or Sunday February 16th during the hours of 9am-5pm you may have been exposed to measles. The Framingham Board of Health is working closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health authorities to notify those who are at risk. If you believe you might be at risk or if you have questions, it is recommended that you: contact your physician, the Framingham Board of Health (508) 532-5472 or the State Department of Public Health (617) 983-6800.”
There has been another confirmed case of measles in the metro west. It is unclear if that second patient was anywhere near the Framingham Trader Joe's.