Measles outbreak in Ohio confirmed, 16 cases reported

CINCINNATI -- An outbreak of measles has been confirmed in a northeastern Ohio county after officials say unvaccinated travelers returned to the area from the Philippines.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that spreads easily, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The ODH, Knox County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed 16 cases of the measles in the Knox County area.

“When fully vaccinated, the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is 97 percent effective in preventing the measles,” said ODH Interim Director Lance Himes.

ODH will begin posting case counts on their website by 3 p.m. each business day.

Symptoms of the measles usually appear in 7 to 21 days after exposure. Symptoms include fever, cough, runny nose, pink eye and a rash.

The disease is highly contagious and can be transmitted from four days prior to the onset of the rash to four days after the onset. Anyone who is not immunized and gets exposed to the disease has a high likelihood of getting ill.

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