Dothan (WTVY)-- The Alabama Department of Public Health said Tuesday there is no confirmed case of measles in the state.
Posts on Facebook claim a hospital worker told someone visiting Flowers Hospital there is a confirmed case there. That ignited a social media frenzy.
Flowers Hospital referred inquiries to ADPH. A spokesperson for that agency said it has received no measles report from the hospital.
“Any possible case of measles must be reported to (state health officials) because it is a notifiable disease,” said Dr. Karen Landers, ADPH Medical Officer.
She said the department regularly receives reports of possible measles cases. “Last week we had 82 open investigations,” Landers told WTVY.
However, she points out there have been no confirmed cases in Alabama during the recent “scare”. One test initially believed positive turned out negative.
She said most Alabamians have received the measles vaccine which lessens their chances of contracting the disease. However, Dr. Landers urges those who have not received the vaccine to do so.
Measles is a serious viral respiratory illness that lives in the nose and throat mucus of infected people. A single case will infect up to 95% of unvaccinated people who are exposed. One case is also expected to result in 12-18 additional cases, per the ADHP website.
States that have reported measles the Centers for Disease Control are Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, and Washington.
Landers said if a case of measles is confirmed in Alabama that information would be made public.