WHO/WHAT – Test result for probable measles case in Washoe County is negative.
WHEN – February 9, 2015
WHERE – Reno, Sparks, Washoe County, Nevada area
DETAILS – Test results of an elementary school student attending Spanish Springs Elementary School previously identified as a probable case of measles are negative according to health officials. The Washoe County Health District notified Washoe County School District officials today to inform students, families, faculty, and staff that there was no exposure to the measles virus at the school. The Health District notified excluded students’ families as well.
The Health District is asking any persons who think they have measles to please call your healthcare provider’s office, urgent care, or the emergency room before arrival. Clinicians at outpatient settings should notify emergency departments before sending any suspect cases for a further medical evaluation.
The Health District recommends everyone be vaccinated to protect against the measles. If you are unsure about your vaccination status, you can check with your healthcare provider about testing or you may elect to get another MMR vaccination. There is no danger in getting the MMR vaccine again, unless you have any contraindications such as history of severe allergic reaction to a previous dose, allergy to any component of the vaccine, current pregnancy, or immunosuppression.
The MMR vaccine is offered at various locations throughout the community including many local healthcare provider offices, local pharmacies and other healthcare facilities. Appointments are required at most places.
For more information visit www.washoecounty.us/health or www.cdc.gov/measles/.
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