Health Officials Warn of Possible Measles Outbreak in Knox County

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UPDATED: Friday April 25, 2014 1:05 PM

Health officials in Knox County are warning residents of a possible Measles outbreak.

Thursday, the county’s health commissioner said the Centers for Disease Control is investigating more than a dozen suspected cases in the county.

Ivan Miller told 10TV he received the MMR vaccine Thursday. He said he decided to get vaccinated after his brother became ill with a suspected case of Measles.

Knox County health officials said right now they are investigating 13 suspected Measles cases. Four of the people infected are part of an Amish, Mennonite organization that just returned from a humanitarian mission to the area of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan.

On Thursday, health officials set up a vaccination clinic at Miller’s wood shop. They said they vaccinated about 120 people in two hours. They said, in addition to the four who traveled to the Philippines, the nine others showing symptoms of the virus live in rural Knox County and are family members of those who made the trip.

Knox County Health Commissioner Julie Miller said those with Measles become very ill.

She said symptoms include a high fever, a sore throat and conjunctivitis or “pink eye.” She said people also develop a rash after a few days. 

The Knox County Health Department and the Holmes County General Health District will offer vaccination clinics for the public on Friday, April 25.

The Knox County clinic will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Community Center, 7 W. Rambo St. in Danville.

The Holmes County clinic is Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Holmesville Church of Christ, 204 W. Main St. Holmesville, Ohio. Both clinics are open to the public.

For more information about measles and mumps, visit the ODH website at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/.

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