Orange County Emergency Management Director Joel Ardoin said an infant from Orange County has been tested for a possible case of the measles. State health officials are now taking over the study, but will let him know if the disease is confirmed. He does not expect a result before Monday.
The baby girl lives in Bridge City and has a twin sister. The baby’s mother posted on Facebook that the child is 9 months old and too young for the measles vaccination, which is given to babies ages 12 to 15 months. The mother said she supports vaccinations and her girls are up to date on the ones scheduled for their age.
The mother said the family is being quarantined until the results of the test are returned.
The Centers for Disease Control says measles is a highly contagious disease that can cause serious complications, particularly for children younger than 5. One in four people with measles has to be hospitalized.