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UPDATE: Suspected Fairfax Measles Case Negative

by Karen Goff February 11, 2015 at 3:05 pm 1,807 9 Comments

MMR vaccine/file photo

(Updated, Feb. 11, 2:55 p.m.) 

Fairfax County Department of Health officials said Wednesday the suspected measles case turned out to be negative.

The county announced on Tuesday it was investigating a possible case of measles in a Fairfax County resident. Health officials identified  potential exposure sites, and the individual is in self-isolation at home. The test to confirm the  case would take 24 hours to complete, they said.

The county did not say where in the county the resident lives.

More than 100 cases of measles have been diagnosed in 23 states in 2015, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. That marks a rapid increase in this country of a disease that was considered eradicated 15 years ago. CDC officials have said pockets of residents who refuse vaccinations are causing the rise.

From the county health department:

People who have received at least one dose of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in the past are at very low risk of being infected with measles. Measles is easily preventable through safe and effective MMR vaccine. The best protection against future measles cases is the on-time vaccination of all susceptible people.

Measles is a highly contagious illness that is spread through coughing, sneezing and contact with secretions from the nose, mouth and throat of an infected individual. Measles symptoms usually appear in two stages. In the first stage, most people have a fever of greater than 101 degrees, runny nose, watery red eyes and a cough.  The second stage begins around the third to seventh day when a rash begins to appear on the face and spreads over the entire body.

Fairfax County Public Schools require students to have the MMR vaccine. However, families can take a medical or religious exemption from the requirement. In a story last week, Reston Now outlined how many area children currently take the exemption.

  • Dexter Scott

    Damned measles patients should be deported back to Africa immediately!

    • Arielle in NoVA

      They’re generally not FROM Africa. Get educated.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    UGH. Get your shots, people! The ONLY excuse is if getting the shot would make your health worse for a known medical reason, such as a compromised immune system or an allergy to something in the shot.

    • Mr. T

      This suspected case was my daughter (who is only 9 months old by the way, not old enough for the vaccine). Tests came back negative, great news!
      Because of misinformed parents deciding against vaccinating their children, our baby had to undergo painful tests, and we had to worry about her contracting a disease that could be eradicated in this country with the help of a simple vaccine.
      Something’s wrong with a world where I can’t send a peanut butter sandwich to school with my preschooler, but I have to worry about other kids not being vaccinated.

      • Question

        Why would they even suspect measles? Was your baby exposed to someone with measles?

      • Arielle in NoVA

        Thanks for the update, Mr. T. SO glad it’s not the measles – and hoping it’s nothing worse.

        I agree wholeheartedly with the rest of what you said.

  • NotoTroll

    I’m glad your daughter is healthy. That’s what I was praying for. It must have been really stressful for you and your family. Peace to all.

  • Adrian Havill

    Crazy time again.

    • Dexter Scott

      Oh sure, it’s all a big joke until they take away your guns and put you in the FEMA Measles Camp!

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