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Restaurant ID’d as second site of measles exposure

State public health officials on Tuesday identified Samba Steak & Sushi restaurant in Framingham as a second place where the public was exposed to a confirmed case of the measles on Presidents’ Day weekend.

In a public health alert, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health warned that people may have been exposed between 5:30 and 9 p.m. at Samba along Route 9 on Saturday, Feb. 15.

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A Framingham resident with a confirmed case of the measles ate dinner at the restaurant, Roberto Santamaria, deputy director of the Framingham Health Department, said in an interview Tuesday. But Santamaria said the “minimal” exposure was limited to restaurant employees who came into direct contact with the infected individual.

The restaurant is a little more than a mile from a Trader Joe’s market, also located on Route 9, which was identified Monday as a location where the public was exposed.

The same Framingham resident went to Trader Joe’s on both Feb. 15 and 16 “for a significant amount of time,” Santamaria said. Health officials are warning residents to be wary of potential exposure if they shopped at Trader Joe’s from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days.

“Once it’s exhaled, the measles virus can remain suspended in the air for up to two hours,” Dr. Deborah Yokoe, medical director for infection control at Brigham and Women’s hospital in Boston, said in an e-mail Tuesday. “Beyond that two-hour period, there is no remaining risk, and there are no steps that need to be taken to clean the environment.”

A second case of measles has been confirmed in a Spencer resident, who works in Framingham. Santamaria said the Spencer resident went only to Bose Corp. during the days the individual was infectious.

Chelsea Rice can be reached at chelsea.rice@globe.com.
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