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Measles Outbreak Expands to Highland County in SW Ohio

Health officials urge caution when traveling with infants to measles outbreak areas

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Highland County Health Department have confirmed a case of measles in southwest Ohio. The new case involves an infant less than six months old whose family traveled in mid-May to north-central Ohio, where six counties are experiencing a measles outbreak. At this time, ODH has confirmed only one case in Highland County, but that number could rise.

Symptoms for measles include fever, cough, runny nose, red eyes, sore throat, and a red rash appearing three to five days after the start of the symptoms. Those who are not up-to-date on their immunizations should contact their healthcare provider or local health department and receive the MMR vaccine if there is no medical reason not to do so.

ODH and its local public health partners support the vaccine recommendations set forth by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and CDC. These recommendations include vaccination schedules for when both children and adults should receive their vaccinations.

For more information about measles, visit the ODH website at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/.

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