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EXCLUSIVE: CDC Investigating Possible Case of Measles in Barrington

Sunday, July 26, 2015


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a possible case of measles in Barrington, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH). 

"A doctor reported the case," said HEALTH PIO Andrea Bagnall Degos on Friday. "The time to confirm or rule out the case depends on the results of bloodwork from the CDC, which we expect to have next week but there is no firm deadline. Right now we are considering it a 'probable' case."

"The people who were exposed and vaccinated will self-monitor and report any fever or illness to us for a period of 21 days after the initial, potential exposure. Seven children under one year old were exposed. "

Degos said that HEALTH professionals have been working on the case since Tuesday.

"A team of public health nurses,  epidemiologists, and laboratorians have been working on the response since the report on Tuesday [July] 21st," said Degos. "The CDC is involved."

According to the CDC's Measles page, "On July 2, 2015, Washington State Department of Health confirmed a measles-related death. The last reported measles infection that resulted in death in the U.S. was in 2003."

Initial Email

Parents of children who attended music class in Barrington were alerted on Tuesday that a possible exposure in an email -- see below.


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