Health officials in Toledo investigating suspected case of measles

FILE- In this March 27, 2019, file photo, measles, mumps and rubella vaccines sit in a cooler at the Rockland County Health Department in Pomona (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department is investigating a possible measles case at an elementary school.

According to the health department, the case involved a student at Stranahan Elementary.

Officials at the school are working with the health department to ensure proper protocols are followed.

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The results of a confirmatory test are expected next week. If confirmed, this would be the first case of measles in Ohio this year.

The health department said schools in Ohio are required to ensure that children receive the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine unless exempted.

This possible case comes as the United States is nearing a 25 year high of reported cases. Last week, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 839 cases this year.

Measles was once common in the U.S. but gradually became rare after vaccination campaigns that started in the 1960s.

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