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Island Health is rescinding a warning about possible exposure to measles, after tests for the virus returned negative.

Earlier on Monday, the health authority had issued a warning about possible exposures on three days at three locations, as well as at a Victoria Montessori school attended by the suspected patient’s sibling.

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Penny Barner, executive director of Pacific Montessori Society, said the negative test results mean all students can attend classes at the Selkirk Montessori School on Tuesday, regardless of immunization status.

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That followed directions from the health authority that would have required any un-immunized students to stay away from the campus for 21 days.

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Island Health says the Victoria Butterfly Gardens and Walmart Superstore on Saanich Road are also no longer considered possible exposure sites.

“To contain spread of a potentially highly contagious serious illness, our Medical Health Officers had to act quickly as preventative measures after exposure are most effective within days of exposure,” said Island Health in a media release.

“We appreciate the cooperation and assistance of everyone involved, and acknowledge the inconvenience and stress this may have caused for some.”

Earlier in April, Island Health announced its third confirmed case of measles this year.

If confirmed, this most recent case would be the 24th case of measles in the province in 2019.

The World Health Organization said Wednesday that measles cases are up 300 per cent in the first quarter of 2019.

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