Md. child found to have measles

officials see no infection danger

Unidentified youngster adopted from China

April 12, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A southern Maryland child recently adopted from China has been confirmed as having measles but is no longer infectious, according to state health officials.

The child, whose family and community were not identified, was among a group of a dozen adopted from China. Three other children - all of whom now reside in Washington - also have been confirmed as having measles, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Maryland health officials notified hospitals and health offices across the state of the measles case late last week, said Karen Black, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. People who might have had contact with the adopted child were also notified, she said. So far, no new cases of measles have been reported.

Measles is a highly infectious virus that can cause pneumonia, diarrhea, encephalitis and death. Although most people in this country have been immunized for the illness, internationally adopted children are not required to be vaccinated.

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