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Columbus Public Health is investigating a Local Case of Measles

June 16, 2022


Columbus Public Health is investigating a Local Case of Measles

A Child Who Recently Traveled has Tested Positive for Measles

Columbus Public Heath is currently investigating a confirmed case of measles in a 17 month old female resident in Columbus Public Health's jurisdiction. The case had recent international travel and is unvaccinated. The child was not infectious during travel.

Columbus Public Health is currently conducting contact tracing. Early investigative results show that there is no risk to the general public at this time. The child and her family are currently isolating at home.

About Measles:

Measles is a highly contagious and potentially severe disease that causes fever, rash, cough, and red, watery eyes. It mainly spreads through the air after a person with measles coughs or sneezes.

Measles symptoms begin seven to 21 days after exposure. Measles is contagious from approximately four days before the rash appears through four days after the rash appears. People can spread measles before they have the measles rash.

Measles complications can include ear infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, and rarely, encephalitis (brain inflammation).

About the Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) Vaccine:

Anyone who has never received Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) vaccine is at high risk of measles and should be vaccinated. The MMR vaccine is safe and highly effective at preventing measles. One dose of MMR vaccine is 93% effective and two doses are 97% effective at preventing measles. MMR is widely available at healthcare providers and Columbus Public Health.

What Columbus Public Health is Doing:

Columbus Public Health is working with the Ohio Department of Health and other partners to protect health by conducting contact tracing, providing education and MMR vaccines to those at risk of infection. Columbus Public Health also is preventing the spread of measles by conducting 24/7 surveillance, and tracking, interviewing and investigating cases to prevent the spread of disease in our community. 

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