Fifth measles case found in Boston

A professor at the University of Massachusetts - Boston is believed to have a case of the measles, which is the fifth confirmed or suspected local case of the extremely contagious disease to be reported in the past two weeks.

The faculty member teaches about 45 students and is in his 40s, reports. He informed university officials about his symptoms, which include a fever, cough, runny  nose and the telltale rash, on Monday.

The Boston Public Health Commission and the university are informing faculty, students and staff who have had contact with the professor who have not been vaccinated or exposed to the disease to stay close to home for the next few weeks.

"Although we believe a limited number of people may have been exposed, we encourage our entire campus community to take precautions," UMass Boston administrators said in a statement, according to

The university's health services office is offering the measles vaccine in regular hours to limit a potential outbreak. There was no immediate evidence that the professor had either traveled outside of the United States or had contact with the French Consulate worker who had tested positive last month.

Most people in the United States do not have much reason to worry about catching measles as most younger Americans have been vaccinated and older Americans have natural immunity due to exposure during an era when the disease widely circulated. Travelers from other nations and immigrants are considered more at risk due to less frequent vaccination.

Boston health authorities immunized 205 people last week in the Back Bay office building where the French Consulate has offices.