Columbus, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Health confirmed its first measles case in 2019.
Amy Acton, MD, MPH, ODH Director, said the young Stark County adults had recently traveled to a state with confirmed measles cases. ODH currently does not announce any additional information about the infected person.
This is the first confirmed measles case in Ohio since 2017. Twenty-eight states already have measles cases, some of which have confirmed measles outbreaks. Previously, the last confirmed measles outbreak in Ohio in 2014 was with 382 confirmed cases.
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Measles 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 the person and are not immune are also infected.
"Vaccinations save lives, period. I urge everyone to get vaccinated, "said Director Acton. "Vaccination is the safest and most effective way to prevent serious vaccine-preventable diseases in children and adults, including measles."
Measles Symptoms include rash, high fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite, and red, watery eyes. The rash usually lasts for 5-6 days and begins at the hairline, migrates to the face and upper neck and continues over the body. Diarrhea and ear infections are common complications of measles. There may also be more serious complications.
Measles complications are more common in children under the age of 5, adults over 20, pregnant women, and immunocompromised people.
More information on measles can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
Confirmed measles cases in Ohio:
- 2009: 1
- 2010: 2
- 2011: 0
- 2012: 1
- 2013: 0
- 2014: 382
- 2015: 1
- 2016: 0
- 2017: 1
- 2018: 0