Greenwood Preschooler Does Not Have Measles, State Says
GREENWOOD (KFSM) – A Greenwood preschooler tested for measles earlier this month does not have measles, a state official said Friday (Feb. 20).
Preschool Extraordinaire in Greenwood sent a letter to parents this month alerting them that a student had undergone blood tests to determine whether the child has measles. (Click here to read the letter.)
However, the blood work determined the child does not have measles or rubella, a state official said.
5NEWS is not naming the child to protect the child’s identity and gender.
Two state officials who asked to remain anonymous earlier this week said they did not believe the child had measles but declined to release information on whether the child has been vaccinated, citing health privacy laws.
In the last 10 years, six cases of measles have been reported in Arkansas, said Kerry Krell, state Department of Health spokeswoman. In each case, the patient had not been vaccinated, she said.
Krell said there currently are no measles cases in Arkansas, adding the last outbreak in the state occurred in 2012, when four cases were reported in Northwest Arkansas.
“There are no cases of measles in Arkansas,” Krell said Friday (Feb. 20).