Baystate: Be on the lookout for symptoms of measles

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) – Baystate Medical Center is urging anyone who’s experiencing the symptoms of measles to call your doctor before visiting the office.

The advice comes after the hospital diagnosed a patient with the contagious airborne illness. Baystate Medical Center Spokeman Ben Craft told 22News up to 300 people may have been exposed to the infected patient between April 2nd and April 3rd.

Vice President of Medical Affairs at Baystate Medical Center, Dr. Douglas Salvador, told 22News “Measles starts off like a cold. So a cough, a fever, running nose. After several days of cold symptom and fever you can get red watery eyes and people can develop a rash that often starts in the face or neck and then spreads outward from there.”.

The symptoms of measles can takes anywhere from 10 days to two weeks to appear after exposure. If you were born before 1957, have had the measles in the past, or have been vaccinated against the illness, your considered immune.

Baystate Medical Center says they’re working quickly to identify and contact the people who may have been exposed.

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