8 suspected cases of measles in Virginia test negative

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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) — Across the United States this year, there have been more than 800 cases of measles, the most in 25 years.

Measles / (Source: CDC / MGN)

Virginia, however, has not had any cases.

Recently, there were eight suspected cases, but all of those tested negative for the illness, according to WVEC.

One of the “first responders when it comes to infectious disease,” lead scientist at Virginia’s Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services Dr. Latoya Griffin-Thomas, said state scientists can test for measles at any hour of the week, due to the highly contagious nature of the disease.

The Associated Press reported this week that 23 states have reported measles cases, with most of those in New York.

A total of 839 cases were reported as of last week. That’s the most since 1994, when 963 were reported for the entire year.

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