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Suspected Fourth Case of Measles in Charlottesville

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There is a fourth suspected case of measles for the Thomas Jefferson Health District to worry about on Tuesday night.

It started with three cases being reported May 20, and now, doctors suspect a fourth case. It is being considered suspect because the symptoms cannot be considered absolutely classic.

The suspected fourth case is adult female in Charlottesville. It appears she contracted it from the first case. The health department did have knowledge of this, and has been monitoring this woman, checking in everyday to see how she is doing.

Doctor Lilian Peake with the Thomas Jefferson Health District says there's no concern of exposure with this suspect case because she took the necessary precautions.

"There wasn't anybody in contact. The person was in self isolation so did not expose anyone except the household members, but we were already aware of them, so that person didn't expose anyone else which is awesome," said Dr. Peake.

A lab test will determine if it actually is the measles, but Dr. Peake thinks it is another case.

The health department is continuing to monitor all four cases. Dr. Peake says the first case has been discharged from the hospital. The others are reported to be doing okay.

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