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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Knox County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have confirmed an outbreak of measles in the Knox County area. At this time, there are 16 confirmed cases of the measles. The initial cases were from unvaccinated travelers who returned to Ohio from the Philippines.

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

The Van Wert County Health Department recommends that local residents exercise caution when traveling abroad or to the area where the outbreak is occurring. Individuals who are not currently vaccinated against the measles are encouraged to contact the health department or their physician to obtain the MMR vaccine. This vaccine should begin providing effective protection against measles within 2-4 weeks after it is given.

Measles is an acute, highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is easily spread. Symptoms of the measles usually appear in 7-21 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.

For more information on the measles or the MMR vaccine, contact the Van Wert County Health Department at 419-238-0808.


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