Third grade class potentially exposed to measles while on field trip

Staff and third graders from Eagle (Neb.) Elementary School may have been exposed to the measles during a field trip to the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Neb., March 13, according to a report from the Lincoln Journal Star.

A public health alert regarding the children's potential exposure to the highly contagious virus was sent to staff and parents Monday. The alert comes after the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the first measles case in two years in the eastern part of the state March 23. The infected individual was reportedly at the museum on the same day as the third grade class.

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The school has stated all students are up to date on their immunizations and if no cases are identified, the risk of contracting the measles from the exposure will subside April 3.

Measles is a highly communicable virus that causes symptoms like fever, runny nose, cough and a rash that spreads all over the body. The illness can be fatal.

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