Health Alert: Some Parma Students May Have Been Exposed to Measles

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PARMA, Ohio-- A warning to parents in Parma City Schools.

The schools sent home a letter to parents Tuesday night, reporting the possibility that students, teachers, and staff at two different schools were exposed to measles on April 28 through May 2 of this year.

According to a spokeswoman with the district, the two schools are Parma High School and Thoreau Park Elementary School.

"The Cuyahoga County Board of Health wrote the letter to advise parents of a possible case, a suspected case. However, there is no lab confirmation yet that this truly is measles," said Cindy Modie, with the board of health.

According to Modie, that confirmation won't come until next week.

Until then, the district is cleaning the buildings where the possible exposure occurred.

"There are things that parents should do in the meantime. They should check your records, see if their child is fully immunized. So, that would be two doses of the MMR vaccine," added Modie.

In addition, the district is asking parents to keep their children home from school if they show any signs of measles.

"The signs include a fever, a high one, a cough, runny nose, conjuctivitis, and then you get a rash. It starts at the hairline then works its way down," added Modie.

Outside the high school, parents say better safe than sorry.

"My son got the MMR vaccine. However, I think people can make their own decisions about vaccinations. But just to know makes me feel better," said Heather Scott, parent.

And for the parents who chose not to vaccinate their child, for whatever reason, the board of health said if it is a confirmed case of measles, their child will be excluded from school.

"It will be a minimum of 21 days following the last day of a rash in the last child. So, it will be a rolling days and it's the end of the school year and this is not the time to be missing school," said Modie.