Ohio: Measles outbreak reported at child care facility in Columbus area
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Officials at Columbus Public Health (CPH) and Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) reported investigating a measles outbreak associated with a local child care facility. Currently, there are four confirmed cases, all of which are unvaccinated children with no travel history. The nursing home is cooperating, has notified the parents, and is temporarily closed.
Health officials are conducting investigations into the cases and tracing contacts in the four cases. “We are working hard with cases to identify any potential exposures and to notify people who have been exposed,” Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michika Roberts said. “The most important thing you can do to prevent measles is to get the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, which is a very safe and effective vaccine.”
With the risk of community spread, parents are encouraged to make sure their children are up to date on childhood vaccinations, including the MMR vaccine. 90 percent of unvaccinated and exposed individuals will develop measles. About one in five people with measles in the United States will be hospitalized.
Measles can be prevented with two doses of the MMR vaccine. MMR vaccines are available at Columbus Public Health during regular vaccine clinic hours and at Franklin County Public Health by appointment only. Children can also get MMR vaccinations from their pediatrician or home medical provider.
Measles spreads easily by coughing, talking, or being in the same room with someone who has measles. The initial symptoms of measles include a high fever, cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by a rash that usually spreads from the head to the rest of the body. It generally takes 8 to 12 days from exposure to a person with measles until the first symptoms, usually a fever, appear. The measles rash usually appears two to three days after the fever begins. If you have symptoms of measles, call your doctor or clinic and they will tell you if you need to come for a visit. Call your provider ahead of time to tell them your symptoms and potential exposure before going in.
Measles are both very contagious Joe Mazola, Franklin County Health Commissioner said. “It can be a serious disease, so we strongly encourage anyone who has not been vaccinated to get vaccinated to prevent its spread.”
These four new cases bring the total number of confirmed measles cases in Franklin County to eight since June 2022.