ODH director reports first measles case in Ohio

15 2019 a dose of the measles mumps and rubella vaccine is displayed at the Neighborcare Health clinics at Vashon Island High School in Vashon Island Wash. AP

Meanwhile in NSW, a new case of measles has been reported in a young Sydney man who recently returned from travel to South East Asia. OH had its last outbreak of measles in 2014 when 382 people, mostly living in Amish communities, came down with the virus.

"Vaccinations save lives, period. I urge everyone who can to get vaccinated", she said in a statement.

Between Jan. 1 and July 3, 1,109 confirmed cases of measles have been reported in 28 states - including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky, which border OH - with several having outbreaks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The nation is experiencing a major spread of measles, with 28 states reporting cases.

The contagious virus can spread quickly via coughs and sneezes and generally lives for up to two hours in the open air.

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Measles is still common in many parts of world, and large outbreaks are now occurring in Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Ukraine, and the Philippines. Since then, there was one confirmed case in 2015 and one in 2017. Travelers with measles bring the disease into US where it can spread in communities with pockets of unvaccinated people.

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

The rash can last for a week and coughing can last for about ten days. Other symptoms include high fever, runny nose, cough, watery eyes and loss of appetite. Diarrhea and ear infections are common complications.

Measles may cause pregnant women who have not had the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine to give birth prematurely, or have a low-birth-weight baby.

Health officials are urging parents to vaccinate their children this summer, in advance of the school year. "If you do not have a health care provider, contact your local health department for immunization clinics".

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