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Sick Woodland student tests negative for measles

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Woodland parents can breathe a sigh of relief: The sick child at Woodland Primary School does not have measles after all.

Results of laboratory tests Friday showed negative for measles, a highly contagious virus, said Alan Melnick, public health officer.

The child does have a rash, which prompted a test for measles and a warning from the Woodland School District.

“It’s some other virus,” said Melnick. “There are many different viral infections this time of year that can cause rashes. People don’t have to worry about being exposed, but I strongly recommend people have their two measles shots.”

Woodland Primary School have cancelled Monday's free immunization clinic for students who have had only one of their two MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) shots. Two doses are necessary to ensure immunity.

Globally, measles is one of the leading causes of vaccine-preventable death among children. An estimated 139,000 people died from measles in 2010 – mostly children under the age of 5, according to the World Health Organization, which is working to eliminate the disease in at least five WHO regions by the end of 2020.

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