COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Department of Health has confirmed its first measles case in 2019.
ODH Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH says the young adult from Stark County recently traveled to a state with confirmed measles case . ODH does not currently disclose additional information about the infected individual.
This is the first confirmed measles case in Ohio since 2017. Twenty-five states already have measles cases, several of which have confirmed measles outbreaks. Previously, Ohio was the last confirmed measles outbreak in 201
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Brasses are extremely contagious and can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. If a person has measles, up to 90% of those who come into contact with that person and who are not immune will become infected.
"Vaccinations save lives, period. I urge anyone who can, to be vaccinated, says Director Acton." Vaccination is the safest and most effective way to prevent serious vaccine-protecting diseases in children and adults, including measles. " Brass symptoms include rash, high fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite and red, watery eyes, the rash usually lasts 5 to 6 days and begins at the hairline, moves to the face and upper neck and continues into the body Diarrhea and ear infections are common complications in measles More serious complications may also occur
Complications of measles are more common in children younger than 5 years of age, adults over 20 years of age, pregnant women and persons with impaired immune system
More information on measles is available at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website
Confirmed case cases in Ohio:
- 2009: 1
- 2010: 2
- 2011: 0
- 2012: 1
- 2013: 0
- 2014: 382
- 2015: 1
- 2016: 0
- 2017: 1
- 2018: 0