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Ohio County has reported more than 80 measles cases, the most of the 117 in the nation

Ohio County has reported more than 80 measles cases, the most of the 117 in the nation

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A outbreak of measles in Central Ohio has infected 82 patients under the age of 18, with reports that nearly 40 percent of the children, 32, required hospitalization.

The outbreak in Franklin County marks the first case reported in the area in 20 years, Axios reported.

Franklin County’s 82 cases make up the majority of the nation’s 117 reported cases.

The majority of cases were in infants between the ages of 1 and 5 who had not yet been has been vaccinated.

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None of the children in Ohio reported contracting measles were fully vaccinated.
(Reuters/Hereward Holland)

None of the children were fully vaccinated against high infectious disease, which includes fever, runny nose and rash, but can also lead to complications.

“Measles can be serious,” according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. “Children under the age of 5 and adults over the age of 20 are more likely to suffer complications. Common complications are ear infections and diarrhea. Serious complications include pneumonia and encephalitis.’

A health worker prepares syringes, including measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, for vaccinations of a child at International Community Health Services in Seattle.  Officials in the Pacific Northwest say the measles outbreak that sickened many people is over.

A health worker prepares syringes, including measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine, for vaccinations of a child at International Community Health Services in Seattle. Officials in the Pacific Northwest say the measles outbreak that sickened many people is over.
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

A child must be at least 1 to receive the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination, and 28% of those infected were reportedly not old enough to receive it.

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The outbreak is believed to have spread as a result of four unvaccinated people returning to the area from measles-prevalent counties, Mishaika Roberts, Columbus’ public health commissioner, told Axios.

“In 2000, measles was declared extinct in the United States,” Charles Patterson, Clark County’s health commissioner, told The Hill. “Unfortunately, now we’re starting to see it again, and it’s a huge problem because of the reduction in vaccines that are out there.”

A child with measles in Afghanistan during a deadly outbreak in the country this year.

A child with measles in Afghanistan during a deadly outbreak in the country this year.
(Photo by Sayed Khodaiberdi Sadat/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Local health officials are encouraging Ohioans to get the MMR vaccine, which experts say is 97 percent effective.

“Measles is a highly contagious and serious disease,” the City of Columbus Health Department says on its website. “The MMR vaccine is safe and very effective in preventing measles. MMR vaccines are available at Columbus Public Health during regular vaccination clinic hours and at Franklin County Public Health by appointment only. Children can also get MMR shots from their pediatrician or nursing home.”

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No deaths were reported.


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