More than 80 Ohio children infected in measles outbreak, most unvaccinated

More than 80 Ohio children infected in measles outbreak, most unvaccinated

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More than 80 children have been infected with measles in central Ohio as the state’s outbreak continues to spread rapidly among the unvaccinated population.

The measles virus is spreading mainly around the city of Columbus and has so far infected at least 81 children, 29 of whom have been hospitalized. employees reported last week.

Health officials have not reported any deaths related to the outbreak, which began in November and began growing earlier this month in a major public health scare.

The outbreak appears to be spreading primarily among the unvaccinated. Seventy-six of the confirmed infections in Columbus were among unvaccinated children.

Doctors and local health officials have warned that misinformation and hesitancy about vaccines, which has increased during the pandemic, has worsened the measles outbreak.

Columbus Health Commissioner Misheika Roberts said in an interview this month the epidemic began when a small number of individuals returned from a measles-endemic area and came to the city, where the virus easily spread among unvaccinated children.

“The reason so many of our young children have been affected by this measles outbreak is because this is the majority of our population that is not vaccinated,” she said.

More than two-thirds of the confirmed cases so far are among children aged 1 to 5 years.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the first dose of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine for children aged 14 months to 15 months and a second dose aged 4 to 6 years.

Measles is a disease caused by a highly contagious virus transmitted by airborne droplets.

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