- Associated Press - Friday, January 30, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Health Department says testing has confirmed that a baby does not have the measles.

Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen says the department was “fairly certain” the possible measles case was a false alarm but needed to take every precaution because of how contagious the disease is and in light of an outbreak in the U.S.

There have been no documented measles cases in Baltimore in the last decade. The city has a high vaccination rate, with nearly 99 percent of public school students being vaccinated.

Wen says though it was a false alarm, the case should be a wake-up call for parents or caregivers who haven’t had their children vaccinated. She says vaccinations not only protect those who get them, but also everyone around them.

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