Measles Outbreak Spreads To Ohio, Kentucky Already Has a Confirmed Case

Henrietta Brewer
July 13, 2019

The unidentified person is a young adult from Stark County who recently traveled to a state with confirmed measles cases, said Amy Acton, Ohio Department of Health director.

"Symptoms to watch out for include fever, sore eyes and a cough followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash that spreads from the head to the rest of the body", Dr Sheppeard said.

Twenty-eight states throughout the country are dealing with measles. "We are lucky to have a high vaccination rate in Stark County and OH, so the vast majority of the public is protected", said Kirkland Norris, Health Commissioner, Stark County Health Department. Diarrhea and ear infections are common complications of measles.

In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the number of measles cases this year had climbed to 839 in 23 states, affecting mostly unvaccinated people.

As of July 3, there have been 1,109 cases of measles reported in 28 states this year.

OH hasn't seen an outbreak since 2014, when it had 382 confirmed cases, according to the report.

Measles is a respiratory disease caused by a virus that spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Rodriguez says OH officials are bracing for more cases this year.

It can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure to a person with measles.

The Stark County Health Department on Friday did not provide more details about the local measles case.

Health officials from Stark County have not yet returned inquiries about a county-specific immunization rate.

Statewide, 89.1 percent of kindergartners are up-to-date on their vaccines - meaning they received two doses of the vaccine.

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