Those three cases weren’t measles

1/10/2018

SWEETWATER COUNTY – Testing has confirmed that measles was not the cause of illness among three Sweetwater County residents, according to Sweetwater County Public Health. 

After preliminary information reported measles was probable, additional labs were sent to the Wyoming Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which showed the illnesses were not measles.

Measles is rare in Wyoming. According to the Wyoming Department of Health, there has not been a reported case of measles in Wyoming since 2010.

Vaccinations are very effective in preventing measles transmission. Sweetwater County has greater than 95 percent immunization rates in its school children, which indicates high levels of protection.

In countries like the United States where measles vaccine is largely preventing measles infections, most cases of rash and fever are more likely due to other rash-causing viral illnesses.

More information about measles is available from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/measles/index.html. If you have questions about whether your children are protected from measles by vaccination, please ask the medical professional you regularly visit for healthcare services.

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