Central Ohio measles outbreak update: 50 cases, all unvaccinated


by NewsDesk Laugh

in Follow-up of measles outbreaks In the Columbus, Ohio area, city health officials have now reported a total of 50 confirmed cases since the outbreak began in November.


All 50 cases were of unvaccinated children 17 years of age or younger. Seven out of 10 cases were in children two years of age or younger.

No deaths have been reported.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 76 measles cases have been reported by 5 jurisdictions as of December 1.

Measles is highly contagious and can cause serious illness. About 1 in 10 children with measles develops an ear infection, 1 in 20 develops pneumonia, and 1-2 in 1,000 die from complications of measles. Measles can also lead to a pregnant woman’s miscarriage or premature delivery. Serious health problems from measles are most common in children under the age of 5 and adults over the age of 20.

Measles causes fever, runny nose, cough, conjunctivitis (red and watery eyes), and a rash all over the body. People can spread measles before they develop symptoms. Symptoms usually last 7 to 10 days.

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