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As Iowa faces 2nd measles case, Cedar Rapids schools review outbreak procedures



CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Thursday, June 30, 2006 – A second measles case in the northeastern part of the state.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the order Tuesday. It covers people who live in four ZIP codes in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood.

The Iowa Department of Public Health said the situation was contained, but concerns have been growing about possible outbreaks elsewhere.

In the "effort to be proactive," the Cedar Rapids School District sent a message to parents and later that day, giving basic pointers on measles, answers to frequently asked questions; discovered.

"At this time, there are no confirmed or confirmed cases of the measles in our community," the message read.

The message went on to say that it was a case of a district building, it was no need for alarm, but as a district

"We hope it stays away," said Sandy Byard, the district's health services facilitator.

The district estimated at least 1

6,000 students undergoing proper vaccination, or religious exemption. The state of Iowa requires students to have MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccinations to attend school.

School officials say the virus can spread to almost vulnerable populations.

"Once exposed," said Byard, "If you're not vaccinated, 90% want to get the measles."

Though they were not currently monitoring measles cases as they continue to pop up across the country. Iowa's most recent was said to have a "household contact" with the state's first patient. Both were unvaccinated and have been quarantined.

"The entire nation has to be concerned about this," said Pramod Dwivedi, the health director at Linn County Public Health. Now, it's coming back. "

Dwivedi urged locals to get vaccinated if they were in doubt of their immunity status or even if they had had personal reservations.

"It's a danger to public health," said Dwivedi. "You could have medical exemptions."

The measles outbreak has stirred anti-vaccination groups into a fervor. Informed Choice Iowa, a group that advocates for more freedom to exempt from vaccination, said they encourage people to research the ingredients and possible side effects of a vaccine before getting one.


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