Health authorities: No evidence of MMR-related disease in Norwalk schools
Health authorities in Norwigs State have found no evidence of measles, mumps or rubella (MMR)-related diseases in the public school districts of the town of Toms River, which is located just south of the border with Nepal.
The findings were made public on Thursday, the National Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) said.
The Norwig Public Health Commission had earlier said there were no confirmed cases of MMR, but the local government said there was no reason to dismiss the claims.
No new cases of measles or mumps have been detected in Norwood schools since February 10, when a local health worker spotted a student with a fever and sore throat at the district office.
The case was later reported to the National Immunization Advisory Board (NIAB), which issued a travel advisory on February 14, which urged Norwood residents to vaccinate their children.
But the case was not linked to the MMR vaccine until January, when the health worker observed a rash on the boy’s neck and chest and sent him to the local hospital for tests.
The CDC had said there had been no cases of MMM in the town, but that the school district was not vaccinating the children.
“The findings are consistent with the recent MMM and MMR cases that were reported in Norwoods public schools,” Dr. Ravi Prasad, the NCDC chief, said in a statement.
The town’s health authority, which runs the school system, has asked Norwood and neighboring schools to vaccine their students.
“We are in the process of completing a health inspection of the district and are making further enquiries,” the statement said.
The Norwood school district, in the northern section of the city of Tomes River, is one of the few remaining school districts in Norwell in the county.
The school district’s director, Dr. Robert Kornfield, said he was unaware of any MMR cases in the community.
“I can’t comment on whether any of the children who came in for their vaccinations were tested for measles or MMM,” he said.
He added that Norwood was in the midst of a measles outbreak.
“It is difficult to ascertain if the students have been vaccinated,” he told The Associated Press.
Norwood has had a measles epidemic since March 2016, when four school-aged students who were not vaccinated with the MMR vaccination program were infected with the virus, and three of the cases were confirmed to be from that outbreak.
The students were among several children in the district who had been in contact with a person who was infected with measles in the past, according to the NCCDC.
In April, the state of Connecticut reported its first confirmed case of MMS in a Norwood high school.
That outbreak, which began in January, resulted in a total of four deaths and more than a dozen other patients requiring hospitalization, according in a letter to the governor by the Norwood Health Department.
Last year, Norwis public health officials warned parents to be on the lookout for the measles virus.
The outbreak prompted the state to suspend vaccination in schools and schools districts to increase their immunization rates.