Tests find six suspected cases aren't measles; no others pending

Tests find six suspected cases aren't measles; no others pending

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CHAMPAIGN — Test results for six more people with suspected measles have come back negative, according to Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde.

All six people tested had some form of contact with the one person diagnosed with measles last week and had symptoms, Pryde said.

The public health district doesn't have any further measles tests pending in connection with the one confirmed case, she said.

If no more measles cases develop, Pryde said, the local outbreak will be considered over Feb. 9.

Measles is highly contagious, but it's largely unvaccinated people who are at risk. Symptoms of measles are fever, rash, a dry cough, a runny nose and red, watery eyes.

Since the one confirmed case, the Carle health system has established a measles hotline number for its own patients to call ahead before coming to a clinic location with measles symptoms. The hotline is being staffed by a nurse seven days a week, according to Carle spokeswoman Jamie Mullin.

The hotline can be reached at 217-902-6000, and it's available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Carle patients can check on their measles vaccination history through the hotline and through the MyCarle system, she said.

Carle also has staff members posted at the doors of its clinic locations handing out facial masks to patients walking in with symptoms of contagious illness, according to Mullin.

Christie Clinic is encouraging people to call their doctors' offices first if they are experiencing a rash and fever or suspect they have measles, according to clinic spokeswoman Jenna Koss.

Christie Clinic has also posted signs asking anyone suspecting they have measles to notify clinic staff as soon as they arrive so preventive steps can be taken, she said.

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