LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Baltimore health officials announced Thursday that a 12-month-old child does not have the measles.
The Baltimore City Health Department says laboratory testing at the Centers for Disease Control confirmed the baby doesn’t have the disease.
“When we investigated the case, we were fairly certain that this was a false alarm,” said Leana Wen, M.D., Baltimore City Health Commissioner. “However, given that measles is one of the most contagious diseases in the world, and given the outbreak going on around the country, we took every precaution in case this child turned out to have measles.”
Officials said earlier this week they believed the child may have had a vaccine reaction and did not think it was related to an outbreak of measles in California. Health officials say the patient has no travel history to California or any places with measles outbreaks.
Health officials say there has not been a documented case of measles in Baltimore City in at least the last decade; Baltimore has high vaccination rates, with nearly 99 percent of public school children being vaccinated.
However, Dr. Wen says this case should be a wake-up call for parents who have not had their children vaccinated.
“Getting children vaccinated against all types of preventable diseases protects not only that child, but everyone around them,” Wen says.
The CDC recommends all children get two doses of MMR vaccine, starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age. The city’s TIKE (To Immunize Kids Everywhere) clinic provides free vaccination for children who are uninsured or underinsured.
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