COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Health has confirmed its first measles case of 2019.
ODH Director Amy Acton, MD, MPH says the young adult from Stark County recently traveled to a state with confirmed measles cases. ODH is currently not disclosing any additional information about the infected individual.
This is the first confirmed measles case in Ohio since 2017. Twenty-eight states already have measles cases, with several having confirmed measles outbreaks. Previously, Ohio’s last confirmed measles outbreak was in 2014, with 382 confirmed cases.
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Measles is extremely contagious and can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. If one person has measles, up to 90% of those who come into contact with that person and who are not immune will also become infected.
“Vaccinations save lives, period. I urge everyone who can, to get vaccinated,” said Director Acton. “Vaccination is the safest, most effective way to prevent serious vaccine-preventable diseases in children and adults, including measles.”
Measles symptoms include a rash, high fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite and red, watery eyes. The rash usually lasts 5-6 days and begins at the hairline, moves to the face and upper neck, and proceeds down the body. Diarrhea and ear infections are common complications of measles. More severe complications may also occur.
Complications from measles are more common among children younger than 5 years of age, adults older than 20 years of age, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems.
More information about measles is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.
Confirmed Measle Cases in Ohio:
- 2009: 1
- 2010: 2
- 2011: 0
- 2012: 1
- 2013: 0
- 2014: 382
- 2015: 1
- 2016: 0
- 2017: 1
- 2018: 0