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UPDATE: Measles test comes back negative for Wartburg student

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UPDATE: Wartburg College is reporting the test came back negative for the student tested for measles.


A student at Wartburg College says she has been tested for a potential case of measles in a Waverly hospital Tuesday.

The female student said she had been tested for a case of measles at Waverly Health Center, according to the student, who did not want her name released. Waverly Health Center said the student was released after being tested.

Test results are due back Wednesday, according to the student.

The student told KWWL she was vaccinated against the disease previously. She also confirmed she lived in the Lohe dorm at Wartburg.

The student said her illness began with cold-like symptoms, which then developed into a fever and rash, which spread throughout her body Tuesday. She noted she had been in contact with health officials when symptoms began.

Wartburg officials would not confirm or deny the report, or speak specifically about the student's case.

"If there was an outbreak of an infectious disease, we would follow (the Iowa) health department's protocol," said Emily Christensen, Wartburg spokesperson.

That protocol includes a blood test to determine immunity to the disease, according to health personnel at Waverly Health Center.

The Iowa Department of Public Health is now making recommendations to the Waverly Hospital, including a possible recommendation to quarantine the emergency wing in response to the possible case of measles, according to Waverly Health Center officials.

KWWL's Olivia Mancino is in Waverly and will have more in the KWWL News at 5 and 6.


This report was updated Tuesday after the student and Waverly Health Center officials clarified that no quarantine had taken place.

Amie Steffeneicher contributed to this report.

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