BREAKING: First presumptive positive measles patient in Alabama tests negative


Final test results for Alabama’s first presumptive measles case have been released.

First reported by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on May 2, a St. Clair County infant tested positive for measles. However, results received from the CDC on May 10 were negative.

In the best interest of the public, while awaiting additional testing, a positive initial measles test was reported. This was done out of an abundance of caution and as a part of the formal process for notifiable disease. Measles is a notifiable disease with a reporting requirement of within 24 hours.

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ADPH will continue to investigate all reports received through the formal process for notifiable disease. As of May 8, a total of 252 reports have been investigated for measles in 2019. There are 82 open investigtaions and 170 closed investigations.

The CDC and ADPH strongly encourage all residents to be up to date on all vaccines, especially the measles vaccine. Currently 23 states have positive reports of measles.

Source: Alabama Department of Public Health

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