In a follow-up on the report of a measles case in Burleigh County, North Dakota, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) was notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that subsequent testing found the individual with measles in Burleigh County to be negative.

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Therefore, the NDDoH has determined that the threat of measles for this specific situation to be over.

Initial test results on this individual were positive for measles. Based on symptoms and travel history, the individual was originally determined to be a case of measles. To protect the health of the public, notifications and prevention activities were initiated by the NDDoH. Per protocol, the NDDoH sends samples to the CDC for additional screening and confirmation. Laboratory tests can sometimes produce false positives; however, this is rare.

“Measles is one of the most contagious diseases in the world,” said Molly Howell, immunization program manager for the NDDoH. “We acted quickly and appropriately based on the testing and information that we had on hand at the time to prevent the spread of measles in the community. We appreciate the cooperation of this individual, schools and community members in response to this situation.”