Measles Outbreak Causes School to Cancel Classes

(Charlottesville, VA) Three measles cases have been reported in Charlottesville and one of the victims is a 7th grader at the Waldorf School.

There have been only 3 confirmed cases of the measles in Albemarle County but as many as 210 people have been exposed to the measles. That number includes many students from the Waldorf School.

We now know that a 7th grade student at the school caught the virus after a woman visited the child at home.

The health department says as of right now they have been able to contact 80 of the 210 people exposed to the illness. A little less than half of them have not had their measles shots.

Dr. Lilian Peake with the Virginia Department of Health said, "So far there have been no new cases but we are continuing our investigation and we are actually doing individual contacts for individuals who were exposed to the Waldorf Case."

The school has canceled classes for the day and is holding a free measles vaccine clinic to tend to anyone who thinks they might have been exposed and didn't have their measles shots.

CWS Coordinator Amanda Tipton said, “The clinic is for people who needed that second booster shot or who saw the risk and realized they should come and get their first shot."

Even with the scare, the school remains open for the rest of the year but students who have been exposed have been asked to not return.

So when will everyone be given the "all clear?" The health department says the incubation period ends June 10th so everyone affected will no longer be contagious.

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