Ohio: Measles outbreak rises to 82, 90 percent unvaccinated


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A measles outbreak in central Ohio now stands at 82 confirmed cases as of Dec. 27, according to Columbus Public Health.

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The first measles case was identified on October 22, 2022, and as of December 27, there have been 82 confirmed cases with 32 hospitalizations and no deaths.

The current outbreak began with four unvaccinated children at a child care facility and has spread to multiple public locations across Columbus, Franklin and Ross counties.

Of the 82 confirmed measles cases, 74 are in children who were not completely vaccinated. The other eight cases include four partially vaccinated children (who received only one dose of MMR in the two-dose series) and four children of unknown vaccination status.

All cases are in children under the age of 18, with two-thirds of cases in children between the ages of one and five years.

Measles, caused by a highly contagious virus, is transmitted from person to person through breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Signs and symptoms of measles include a rash, high fever, cough, and runny nose or red, watery eyes. People can spread measles up to 4 days before the rash appears and 4 days after. Measles can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (inflammation of the lungs), and even death.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of December 22, 2022, a total of 117 measles cases have been reported by 5 jurisdictions.

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