Officials warn about possible measles exposure from Boston to Manchester, NH

Officials warn about possible measles exposure from Boston to Manchester, NH

Health officials are warning those who traveled on a bus from Boston to Manchester, New Hampshire and anyone who was at South Station on February 26 that they were potentially exposed to measles.

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services said they received a report of an international traveler who was diagnosed with measles who visited New Hampshire.

The department said the person traveled while they were able to transmit the virus to others, and said the person traveled by bus from South Station in Boston to the Manchester, NH Transportation Center.

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“A case of measles definitely makes me a little concerned," commuter Matt Tomasetti said. "I have a 7-month-old at home, so it’s concerning.”

The traveler was on Boston Express bus #5178 on February 26, leaving from Logan International Airport at 9:25 p.m. to pick up the traveler at 10 p.m. at South Station.

The bus stopped in Tyngsborough at 10:45 p.m., Nashua at 11 p.m. and Manchester at 11:30 p.m. before being retired and cleaned.

The department said no other public or healthcare exposures have been identified.

Health officials said anyone who rode on the same bus is considered to be exposed to measles, and anyone who was at South Station or traveled through the station on February 26 from 8:30 p.m. through midnight is also potentially exposed.

Officials said anyone meeting the criteria needs to review their measles vaccination or immunity status, and said anyone who was not vaccinated or immune should contact the Division of Public Health Services as soon as possible.

“People should be aware because some people are not vaccinated," commuter Ana Malimpensa said. "But for me, it’s okay, because I think everyone should be vaccinated."

The department said anyone who was potentially exposed and isn't immune will need an immediate vaccination to prevent the development of the virus.

“I don’t think about it until you hear about it," Boston resident Larissa Charitable said. "Then it clicks into your head like, 'Oh, this could happen.'"