WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – A child who appeared to have a measles-like symptom has tested negative for the virus, the Wilbraham Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine Center announced Thursday.
According to Dr. Amy Kasper at the Pediatric Center, all tests came back negative and families who were put on notice have also been notified.
Health Officials at the Wilbraham center alerted patients and families on Monday that a patient had been seen for a rash in the morning. Measles was one of the several diagnoses that were considered, and the patient was tested for it.
Measles made a comeback this year. The CDC has recorded 626 measles cases in the U.S. since January. That’s only 41 fewer cases than 2014, the year that saw the highest number of measles infections since the disease was eliminated in 2000.
The child had been vaccinated for measles prior to the rash being reported to the Wilbraham center.
The Pediatric Center said they announced the potential measles case to make sure families were aware and to also urge people to make sure they and their children are vaccinated.