Measles case turns out to be false alarm in Allegheny County

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A possible case of the measles reported last weekend turned out to be a false alarm, Allegheny County Health Department officials said today.

The person, whom Health Department officials did not identify, tested negative for measles after testing was conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The person had symptoms that were similar to measles, spokesman Guillermo Cole said.

The negative tests come a day after the CDC said that confirmed cases of the measles in the United States had reached a 20-year high. The CDC report attributed the spike in measles cases to international travel by people who have not been vaccinated.

Allegheny County, it seems, will not contribute to those higher numbers with this latest incident. But two earlier measles cases were reported in the county: in February and again in May. Those cases were the first in the county since 2009.

The Health Department is still recommending that people make sure they are protected against measles by receiving the two-dose vaccination. For people unsure of their status, there is no risk in getting an additional dose of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, the county health department said.

Kaitlynn Riely: or 412-263-1707.

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