Possible infant measles case in Kent Co.

A file photo of a person's skin after contracting the measles. (Source: CDC)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The Kent County Health Department is waiting for lab test to confirm if a young child has a case of measles.

Heath officials say child is being treated for a rash illness, but the case is not fully consistent with measles.

The KCHD is waiting for test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to confirm a diagnosis of measles. The results should be released sometime next week, according to health officials.

The child is less than 15-months-old which is too young for vaccinations. The parents are self-isolating the child based on the CDC recommendations as a precautionary measure.

Health officials in Allegan County are also waiting for lab test results for a possible Measles case there, but they are calling the case “questionable.”

The child attended the Rainbow Child Care Center in Gaines Township and released a statement to the media Friday:

“A child who attends our Gaines Township center and is too young for certain vaccinations has been temporarily excluded from school as a precaution pending blood test results to rule out a confirmed case of measles.  While we are uncertain of the illness, the child will not return to school until results of the test are complete.
 
The health and well-being of the children and families we are privileged to serve is our first priority. As such, we have informed our families of this matter and urged that they take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of their children.”
 
Gena Sayej, Operations Director

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