New Hampshire health officials are warning those who visited Hampton Beach on July 9 that they may have come in contact with someone infected with the measles virus.
The infected individual, who was visiting New Hampshire, was at Hampton Beach from about noon to 6 p.m., according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services. The person spent time on the beach and several locations on Ocean Boulevard.
“Measles is a very contagious disease because it can be transmitted through the air,” said Benjamin Chan, the state’s epidemiologist. “However, we do not anticipate a large outbreak because of the high vaccination rate of people in the state.”
No additional cases have been identified, officials said. The individual spent “almost all their time in the open air, which likely minimizes the risk of further transmission,” officials said.
Health officials urged anyone who visited Hampton Beach that day to check themselves for symptoms, which include high fever, cough, runny nose, and conjunctivitis.Jake Johnson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.