TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018

Boston officials work to contain measles case

Boston area health officials recently worked to keep an isolated measles case from becoming an outbreak.

“It’s very easily spread. Measles is a very contagious virus that travels through the air," Doctor Anita Barry of the Department of Public Health said, as reported by WHDH.com. "You don’t need much of an exposure to come down with it."

The officials have confirmed that a woman at the French consulate in downtown Boston came down with the measles and they trying to determine who else might have been exposed, according to WHDH.com.

Vaccinations were offered to those in the Park Square Building on St. James Ave., and also to students at Bay State College who might need it. Health officials gave out a total of 80 vaccinations in a single day.

Workers at the French consulate have been ordered to stay out of their offices until March 3, unless they are otherwise cleared, according to WHDH.com. There are a total of 17 people working at the building.

The infected person was a woman in her 20s that has been working at the consulate as an intern. She apparently contracted the measles while overseas.

“Everyone consulate employee has to provide a proof of vaccination. Some of us were cleared and came back [to] the office," Nathalie Bastin of the French Consulate said, according to WHDH.com. "The rest are at home in quarantine."