Health official: Undetermined illness ‘unlikely’ measles

An undetermined illness in Portage County is not likely to be measles, health officials said Thursday.

Portage County Health and Human Services said in a news release that after consulting with state and local health authorities, it believes a patient the county has been monitoring as a suspected measles illness this week is “unlikely” to have measles. Test results were still pending Thursday morning.

The county said it had been monitoring two patients, but on Monday the first patient was determined not to have the highly contagious disease.

The person did not travel to a country or state with active measles cases, and symptoms do not fit the clinical definition of measles, according to the release.

Portage County Health and Human Services said health officials continue to monitor the community symptoms of measles, and that immunization to prevent measles remains the best defense against the disease.

The health agency also said there are no confirmed measles cases in Portage County.

Anyone with questions regarding the measles can call the Portage County Health and Human Services Department Division of Public Health at 715-345-5350 and ask to speak with a public health nurse.