UPDATE: Health Officials Say No Measles Case in Stearns County
ST. CLOUD -- A week after the Minnesota Department of Health announced a case of measles in Stearns County, health officials say that's not longer the case.
Doug Schultz with the Minnesota Department of Health says it was a borderline case from the beginning and health officials erred on the side of caution.
"We had some clinical symptoms, the exposure history was unclear and we did have some weak positive laboratory results. So we did make the call to call it a measles case," says Schultz.
Schultz says further tests have come back negative for the virus. He adds they made the call in hopes to prevent it from spreading.
"If we were to wait with the measles case you could have other people exposed in the time you're waiting for the results," says Schultz.
Schultz says there are now 41 confirmed cases of measles in Minnesota, with 38 in Hennepin County, two in Ramsey County and one in Crow Wing County.
Of the 41 confirmed cases 39 of the children were unvaccinated.
Health officials are reminding you to get your children vaccinated.