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Boston confirms five new measles cases in city over past week

The Boston Public Health Commission says one of the five victims worked at South Station while contagious.

The commission says it hasn't found a link so far between the five cases, one involving a Boston resident, the other four among people who either work here, visited here or sought medical treatment for symptoms here. Their ages range between 16 months and 65 years.

Measles is highly contagious and spread through the air. People who have gotten two MMR shots or have had a blood test confirming their immunity do not have to worry, the commission says; everybody else should either consider a shot and monitor themselves for symptoms, which can include a high fever, runny nose, cough and red, watery eyes, followed two to four days later by the classic red rash that starts on the face and then spreads across the body.

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