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

Leslie Hanson
July 13, 2019

Amy Acton says a young adult in Stark County in Canton likely contracted the virus after traveling to another state with active measles cases.

Sherry Smith, Nursing Director for the Stark County Health Department, says that 92 percent of county kindergarteners in the 2018-2019 school year are up to date on their MMR vaccine.

For most people, measles causes a fever, rash, runny nose and cough. They include a rash that begins at the hairline before traveling down the rest of the body and lasts five to six days. "We are lucky to have a high vaccination rate in Stark County and OH, so the vast majority of the public is protected", Kirkland Norris, Health Commissioner of the Stark County Health Department said in the same release. Diarrhea and ear infections are common complications of measles.

"Measles is a vaccine preventable disease".

From Jan. 1 to July 3 of this year, 1,109 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in 28 states - the greatest number of cases reported nationwide since 1992, according to the CDC.

A recent outbreak of measles has spanned 28 states, including ones bordering OH, such as MI. Cases had been reported in four states neighboring Ohio: Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Kentucky. "If you do not have a health care provider, contact your local health department for immunization clinics". If one person has measles, up to 90% of those who come in contact with that person and who are not immune, can become infected. Portage County has the highest percentage: 93.7 percent. This is why the ODH-supplied vaccination rates may differ slightly from weighted vaccination rates published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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