GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) has fielded media inquiries regarding a child who is being tested for Measles.
KCHD has been in consultation with the Michigan Department of Community Health regarding this case. Clinical information received from the treating physicians is consistent with a rash illness, but are not fully consistent with measles.
Further testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must be done to confirm a diagnosis of measles. Results should be available late next week. The child has not reached the age range for vaccination (12 months-15 months). Parents are self-isolating the child based on CDC recommendations as a precautionary measure.
“There are inconsistencies in the child’s symptoms compared to the case definition of measles. Still, this situation should remind all of us that community-based vaccination programs provide important protection for babies that are too young to receive the vaccine themselves,” said Adam London, Administrative Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department. “All residents should make sure they are up-to-date on their MMR (Measles – Mumps – Rubella) vaccines and boosters. Contact your health care provider if you have questions/concerns.”
More information on vaccines can be found at www.accesskent.com/immunizations.