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Health officials report no new measles cases in Nevada County

Nevada County health officials report that there have been no new cases of measles since a single case confirmed over the weekend led to a one-day closure of a local school.

Yuba River Charter School was closed Tuesday, the day students were to return to class after spring break, because of one confirmed case of measles among its students. The school announced that when it reopened Wednesday, only students with up-to-date vaccinations would be allowed to attend classes.

The case confirmed over the weekend involved an unvaccinated child who showed symptoms of measles after returning from international travel, according to a Nevada County Public Health Department news release. Health officials said the student was infectious while at school on March 17.

Initially, 124 Yuba River Charter School students were temporarily excluded from school and on home quarantine due to lack of documented measles vaccination or immunity, health officials said. As of Thursday, they said, that number had been reduced to 98 students as some parents were able to provide the necessary documentation. County health workers have contacted or attempted to contact all the families of students who were excluded from classes, officials said.

If someone suspects that they or their child might have measles, they should contact their health care provider for evaluation by phone and remain at home to limit potential exposure of others to the highly contagious disease. Symptoms include runny nose, red eyes, cough, a fever that escalates, rash and spots inside the mouth.

Answers to frequently asked questions about measles are posted on the Nevada County Public Health Department website, http://www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/hhsa/ph/Pages/Measles-Information.aspx.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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