Health & Medicine

Two patients tested for measles in Placer County

At least two people are being tested for measles in Placer County, public health officials confirmed Thursday.

Dr. Robert Oldham, public health officer for Placer County, said the pending cases aren’t any cause for alarm. Measles tests, he said, are constantly being conducted because doctors across the state are carefully watching for the disease in patients.

“It’s not unusual that we have a couple (of patients) at any one time being tested,” Oldham said. “We’d rather be safe than sorry.”

One of the suspected measles patients is a child, but Oldham could not confirm the age of the other individual. Oldham said the county had tests carried out on less than 10 people over the past week, with most being children. All of the tests came back negative.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease resulting in severe rash, fever and runny nose. It was officially considered eliminated from the United States in 2000. Provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show 2014 as the peak of the disease’s comeback, with 644 cases nationwide.

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