COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Department of Health confirmed its first measles case in 2019.
Amy Acton, MD, MPH, ODH director, says the young adults from Stark County have recently traveled to a confirmed state of measles cases. ODH currently does not announce any additional information about the infected individual.
This is the first confirmed measles case in Ohio since 2017. 28 states already have measles cases, some of which have confirmed measles outbreaks. Previously, the last confirmed measles outbreak in Ohio in 201
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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.
"Vaccines save lives, period. I urge everyone to get vaccinated, "said Director Acton. "Vaccination is the safest and most effective method of preventing serious vaccine-preventable diseases in children and adults, including measles."
The symptoms of measles 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.
Complications of measles are more common in children under the age of 5, adults over the age of 20, pregnant women, and immunocompromised individuals.
For more information on measles, visit 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