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Maine Health Officials: Student Infected With Measles Visited Mall in Kittery

AUGUSTA, Maine - State health officials say a Massachusetts student infected with measles visited a shopping mall in southern Maine earlier this month.

Officials with the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say Massachusetts public health authorities notified them of the case Tuesday.

The student, who is from Western Europe and was unvaccinated for the disease, visited stores at the Kittery Outlet Malls April 20, including, but not limited to, The Kittery Trading Post, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and J. Crew.

"Since measles is a contagious airborne disease people who were at the Kittery malls from noon to 5 p.m. on April 20 should check their immunization records and be aware of the symptoms,'' says Dr. Christopher Pezzullo, Maine's chief health officer.

Maine's last case of measles was reported in 1997, and there are currently no known cases of the disease in the state. Maine's high vaccination rate makes a widespread outbreak unlikely, Pezzullo says.  He says people should check their status and get vaccinated for measles, if necessary.