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Friday, May 6, 2011

US : Dozens of students sent home after possible measles case

Via ABC 4 News :

" There is concern Utah County may have its first measles case. The Utah County Health Department says a student at Park View Elementary School in Payson tested positive in an initial test but further testing is necessary.

Dr. Joseph Miner, Medical Director of the Utah County Health Department says the student had a suspicious rash and visited a family doctor who performed the initial blood test. Dr. Miner says that test came back positive, but because that particular test is known to produce false positive results another test is underway.

Meanwhile, all students and teachers at Park View Elementary who could not provide evidence of two measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations were asked to stay home today. 22 students and 10 teachers were impacted.

Dr. Miner says it’s a necessary precaution considering how contagious the virus is. “This is our way of quarantining them because of possible exposure. Quarantining them means they are excluded until we see if they have the illness."

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