OH reports state's first confirmed measles case in two years

Ohio reports first case of measles in two years amid national outbreak

Ohio reports first case of measles in two years amid national outbreak

A young adult in Stark County is the first confirmed case of measles in OH this year.

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

"Vaccinations save lives, period. I urge everyone who can, to get vaccinated", Director Acton said in a press release.

"Vaccination is the safest, most effective way to prevent serious vaccine-preventable diseases in children and adults, including measles", she said.

Amid the country's worsening measles outbreak, OH is reporting the state's first case of this year.

According to the West Australian, the WA Health Service has listed a number of locations in Busselton - including the Discount Pharmacy on Kent Street on July 5 and July 7 in the late afternoons - as areas attended by a person infected with measles.

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In Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Ukraine, and the Philippines, there are now large outbreaks of measles.

It can take up to 18 days for symptoms to appear following exposure to a person with measles. Travelers with measles bring the disease into the United States where it can spread in communities with pockets of unvaccinated people.

Officials are monitoring those who may have been in contact with this individual and they are in self-quarantine, Rodriguez said. Other symptoms include high fever, runny nose, cough, watery eyes and loss of appetite.

The measles immunization rate for Ohio is around 90 percent, according to Ohio Department of Health's Jose Rodriguez. In severe cases, measles can cause serious health complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis.

State and local health officials on Friday stressed the importance of receiving the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

Vaccines stimulate the body's own immune system to protect the person against specific diseases. Health officials say vaccination is the best protection.

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