Stark County adult becomes first measles case confirmed in OH of 2019

13 July, 2019, 13:09 | Author: Sherman Richardson
  • Starr Roden left a registered nurse and immunization outreach coordinator with the Knox County Health Department administers a vaccination at the facility in Mount Vernon Ohio

Amy Acton says a young adult in Stark County in Canton likely contracted the virus after traveling to another state with active measles cases.

There has been an uptick in measles outbreaks recently - Ohio's last outbreak was in 2014, with 382 confirmed cases.

"Vaccinations save lives, period".

While the risk of infection is low in fully-vaccinated people, health experts urge anyone who comes into contact with someone who has measles to remain alert for symptoms.

In May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported the number of measles cases this year had climbed to 839 in 23 states, affecting mostly unvaccinated people.

Cases nationwide have spiked to more than 1,000 this year, the highest annual total since 1992. It was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000 but remains common in other parts of the world, including Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Ukraine, and the Philippines. People infected with measles can spread it to others from four days before, through four days after, a rash appears. Travelers with measles bring the disease into USA where it can spread in communities with pockets of unvaccinated people. Cases had been reported in four states neighboring Ohio: Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Kentucky.

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Officials are monitoring those who may have been in contact with this individual and they are in self-quarantine, Rodriguez said.

Symptoms include a rash, fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite and red and watery eyes. In severe cases, measles can cause serious health complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis.

Vaccines stimulate the body's own immune system to protect the person against specific diseases.

Health officials are urging parents to vaccinate their children this summer, in advance of the school year.

The Stark County Health Department on Friday did not provide more details about the local measles case.

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