Measles Outbreak in Ohio Subsides
The City of Columbus, Ohio, reported yesterday new data regarding the measles outbreak in children that was initially identified in June 2022.
As of January 9, 2023, there have been 82 measles confirmations and 33 related hospitalizations.
About 75% of these children were unvaccinated before being infected with the measles virus.
Columbus's Health Commissioner, Dr. Mysheika W. Roberts, recently stated, "The end of an outbreak isn't declared until 42 days after the last infected person develops a rash."
"If you are interested in scheduling your child's MMR vaccine, you can contact your local healthcare provider or reach out to the Ohio Department of Health," reported SpectumNews1.
Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Additionally, since many measles cases are travel-related, the CDC suggests being fully immunized before traveling abroad, as several countries, such as India, have reported outbreaks in 2023.
In the U.S., measles vaccines are generally available at clinics and pharmacies.