The Measles Have Reportedly Come to Ohio

Several sources are reporting a suspected case of measles in Lucas County

May 17, 2019 at 4:53 pm
click to enlarge The Measles Have Reportedly Come to Ohio
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After outbreaks across the country believed to be connected to the anti-vaccination movement, several news sources are reporting that health officials are investigating what may be Ohio's first measles case associated with the current wave of infection in Sylvania, Ohio, a suburb of Toledo.

According to the Toledo Blade, the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is determining whether an elementary school student exhibiting signs of the measles actually has the disease. Some reports say the child was rushed to the ER with symptoms earlier this week but that the student had been vaccinated.

The case comes after urgent and ongoing warnings from the Ohio Department of Health about the importance of vaccinations. The spike in measles is reportedly at 700 instances nationwide this year alone, the highest it's been in decades. There was a widespread outbreak in Ohio in 2014 within Amish communities. The current rash of cases has reached surrounding states like Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky.

In 2000, the CDC announced the measles had been eradicated.

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