Measles Identified in Wood County

By: Lauren Keeling Email
By: Lauren Keeling Email

The Mid-Ohio Valley Health Department has identified a case of Measles in Wood County and it's the first case in the state in more than 15 years.

Officials say the patient is a child, who does not have a history of immunization against Measles.

The last case of the Measles identified in the West Virginia was in 1994.

Doctors say Measles is a very contagious viral disease, that can be prevented by taking the vaccine as prescribed by your doctor.

Symptoms include:
-high fever
-cough
-runny nose
-redness of the eyes
-a rash that develops a few days after symptoms appear

The health department suggests calling your doctor if you or your children have these symptoms. Officials also say you should call your healthcare providers in advance of your arrival so they can be prepared and you do not spread the disease to other people

Officials say this case of Measles should serve as a reminder for everyone to keep immunizations up-to-date.

Doctors say if you have been immunized, you don't need to worry about contracting the disease.


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  • by Heather Location: Parkersburg on Jun 17, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    First of all upper class citizen, your commments make no sense, at first you thank the welfare for the case of measles, than you retort on what you said. Financial status has nothing to do with the case, some parents fear that the MMR vaccinations cause certain developmental disorders, so parents are to afraid of these disorders that they make rash choices. I am sure the state is looking into why the parent did not have the child immunizations up to date. I just pray that the child overcome this disease and is able to continue to live a normal and happy life. This should be taken as a reminder to get your children's immunization and keep them up to date, the benefits of being immunized outway the risks. oh yes and one more thing to upper-class, if everyone in the upper class acts as snotty and ignorant as you do, than im proud to be in the middle class.How about you do us all a favor and use some of your money to learn how to be curtious and kind to others,
  • by Kayla Location: Walker on Jun 16, 2009 at 09:08 PM
    Both of my children recieve medical cards. My husband and I both work full time, as well as go to school full time. That is the only form of assistance we recieve, but I consider it welfare just the same. Not only do my children have all their immunizations, they are REQUIRED to have them in order to keep their medical cards. Perhaps you should think twice before speaking, upper-class. You've made yourself sound pretty stupid, and very uneducated.
  • by BAS on Jun 16, 2009 at 08:33 PM
    To CB: I can understand the frustration over the misdiagnosis, however this isn't completely uncommon. Measles are rare in the US today. As the article stated; there hasn't been a case in WV for 15 years. I have been an RN for over 25 years and worked with Pediatrics and ER both and I have never seen a case. And the initial presentation resembles pink eye. The Mayo Clinic lists the beginning phases of measles as : "Measles typically begins with a mild to moderate fever, accompanied by other signs and symptoms, such as a persistent cough, runny nose, inflamed eyes (conjunctivitis) and sore throat. Two or three days later, Koplik's spots — a characteristic sign of measles — appear." And as far as upper class citizen goes... well while you may consider yourself upper class, you certainly sound like someone with relatively little education. And perhaps you should be driven from the county, because Ignorance is contagious as well, and probably more harmful than this case of measles.
  • by Josh Location: Wood on Jun 16, 2009 at 06:28 PM
    So, Mr. or Mrs. Upper Class Citizen, can I come live on your high pedestal where everything is peachy, and all the worlds’ problems are caused by the "wretched" and "poor"? Or is there even enough room with your pompous attitude? "Rich" people get sick to, as stated several times. Maybe you need to come down and visit us here in the real world sometime.
  • by not upper but not lower class "Equal" Location: Parkersburg on Jun 16, 2009 at 06:15 PM
    This day an Age there are people out there that believe any medication will do more harm then good and refuse any and all shots. These people are NOT welfare. Usually welfare kids are up to date on everything. What in this message makes you think that this is a welfare case. Yes Child Welfare may now be in on the case to make sure the child is getting the treatment he/she needs but that doesnt mean they are "welfare trash"
  • by Mom X 5 Location: washington on Jun 16, 2009 at 05:01 PM
    I am not really sure how the welfare system came to play in this. The statement was that the patient was a child that had no history of the immunization. Not that the parent refused it or that somehow they were on welfare. The MMR vaccine is not given to children younger than 18 months. Who is to say that this child in fact was 9 months old and had not been given it yet. I believe previous comments are unfair and unjustified. Lets find out the whole story before we behave and comment badly!
  • by CB Location: p-burg on Jun 16, 2009 at 04:32 PM
    First of all we need Drs. to diagnose this child properly instead of saying its a rash and gives him wrong dosing on medications states he has pink eye and he doesnt????I dont think this case has anything to do with welfare. Why attack each other in such a manner??Do u personally know if this child was up to date on their shots??If not SHUT UP!Why make all these accuasations???May God Bless Each and Every one of you.
  • by amazed Location: wood county on Jun 16, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    I cannot believe the comments left by upper class (the first one.) What a horrible thing to say. Welfare has nothing to do with immunizations...just because you have little money does not mean you are a bad parent. I work at the DHHR office and have great clients. No one should be judged by their financial status. And upper class, in these financial times of hardship, those words may be hard to swallow. None of us, and I mean, none are safe from the hard times that our country is living through. Instead of critizing those who are not so fortunate, be thankful you are apparently not among them.
  • by middle class Location: wv on Jun 16, 2009 at 04:10 PM
    people on medical card recive immunizations and it is covered, this is just a case of a person not immunizing their child, i really hope this doesnt spread. to upper class, you are outrageous, welfare is a program, not a life stlye, alot of peole dont choose it, aometimes you have no choice and there are alot of upper class that dont immunize, i think more lower class do immunize caue they couldnt afford it if their child did get one of these dieseases
  • by Anonymous Location: Williamstown on Jun 16, 2009 at 04:01 PM
    Upper class citizen, this does not have anything to do with welfare. If you'd have read the story correctly it states this child was not properly immunized for measles. This could mean that this child's parents does not believe in immunizations. Nothing in this post even states anything about this being a welfare case. Just because the MOV Health Department released the information does not mean it is a welfare case. And just for your information, I'm not on welfare, so don't think I'm defending the welfare program. I just think you need to get off of your high horse!!!!!
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