Ohio health officials say they have confirmed several cases of measles in the Knox County area.
Officials say the county is dealing with 16 cases of the measles. The initial cases were from unvaccinated travelers who returned to Ohio from the Philippines.
In response to the outbreak, The Knox County Health Department will have a free clinic today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Community Center, 7 W. Rambo St., Danville, Ohio.
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Measles is an acute, highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is easily spread. Symptoms of the measles usually appear in 7-18 days after exposure. The disease is highly contagious and can be transmitted from four days prior to the onset of the rash to four days after the onset. Anyone who is not immunized and gets exposed to the disease has a high likelihood of getting ill.
“When fully vaccinated, the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is 97 percent effective in preventing the measles,” said ODH Interim Director Lance Himes.
Meanwhile, the latest cases of the measles come amid a widespread mumps outbreak across two central Ohio counties. Currently, there are more than 260 cases in Franklin and Delaware Counties. More than half of those cases are related to Ohio State University.
For more information about measles and mumps, visit the ODH website at http://www.odh.ohio.gov/.