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Aug 28, 2012 5:37 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Officials suspect measles at Arkansas boarding school

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) - The Arkansas Health Department says three siblings have been diagnosed with suspected measles and unvaccinated students at a northwest Arkansas boarding school where two of them are students have been sent home.

The agency said Tuesday that one of the siblings had recently traveled to Romania, Italy, and Switzerland. The youth's two siblings became ill while attending Ozark Adventist Academy near Gentry.

The Health Department says unvaccinated people are at particular risk for measles when traveling abroad. The distinction isn't limited to undeveloped countries. Great Britain and Switzerland have had outbreaks. The U.S. had more than 200 measles cases last year, which were often associated with international travel.

Officials are waiting for lab tests to confirm the Arkansas cases.

The school didn't respond to requests for comment.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

 

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