Stark County Man is Ohio's First Measles Case Since 2017


  • Ohio Department of Health

A Stark County man who traveled to a state that already had measles cases this year has been infected, the Ohio Department of Health announced today. It's the state's first case of 2019 and the first since 2017.

In nine of the past ten years, Ohio has had either zero, 1 or 2 cases. The lone outlier was the outbreak of 2014 that saw 382 confirmed infections.

“Vaccinations save lives, period. I urge everyone who can, to get vaccinated,” Director Acton said in a press release. “Vaccination is the safest, most effective way to prevent serious vaccine-preventable diseases in children and adults, including measles.”

Twenty-eight states have seen measles infections this year to date. The extremely contagious infection can spread rapidly.

The Ohio Department of Health reminds and warns: "If one person has measles, up to 90% of those who come into contact with that person and who are not immune will also become infected. The measles virus can live for up to two hours in air where an infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch an infected surface and then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. People infected with measles can spread it to others from four days before, through four days after, a rash appears."

Get vaccinated, people.

“One thing is really important – vaccination is critical. We are lucky to have a high vaccination rate in Stark County and Ohio, so the vast majority of the public is protected,” Kirkland Norris, Health Commissioner of the Stark County Health Department said in the same release.

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