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Measles diagnosis on Martha’s Vineyard spurs public health alert

Martha’s Vineyard Hospital and state Department of Public Health (DPH) officials are working feverishly to prevent an outbreak of measles following confirmation Friday that an unvaccinated child visiting from another state and treated at the Martha’s Vineyard emergency room Wednesday night was infected with measles.

Measles is a highly infectious disease, and poses a particular risk on Martha’s Vineyard, which has one of the highest rates of unvaccinated school students in the state.