Stark County adult becomes first measles case confirmed in OH of 2019

Measles case found in Ohio Learn about the symptoms and prevention

OH has its first confirmed case of measles this year.

OH has its first case of measles and the state's Health Department urged parents to vaccinate against the infectious disease.

No identifying information is being released about the individual, so it's not clear where the person lives or how many people he or she came into contact with.

Twenty-eight states throughout the country are dealing with measles.

Acton urged Ohioans to get vaccinated against the virus if they are not already.

Measles is contagious and can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. "We are lucky to have a high vaccination rate in Stark County and OH, 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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A patient with the highly infectious disease visited four locations in the town, also including the shopping precinct, Post Office and Woolworths.

Measles is still common in many parts of world, and large outbreaks are now occurring in Israel, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Ukraine, and the Philippines. The rash usually lasts five to six days and begins at the hairline, moves to the face and upper neck, and proceeds down the body.

Measles symptoms include a rash, high fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite and red, watery eyes.

Earlier this month, the Cincinnati Health Department said it was investigating a possible case of measles. OH had its last outbreak of measles in 2014 when 382 people, mostly living in Amish communities, came down with the virus. In 2014, there were about 400 cases found within Ohio's Amish communities.

The Stark County Health Department on Friday did not provide more details about the local measles case.

Then, investigators will look at possible ways the disease could have spread.

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