The Ohio Department of Health said Friday the patient recently traveled to a state with a confirmed measles case, but otherwise didn't share any additional details. The lone outlier was the outbreak of 2014 that saw 382 confirmed infections.
Amy Acton says a young adult in Stark County in Canton likely contracted the virus after traveling to another state with active measles cases. ODH is now not disclosing additional information about the infected individual.
This is the first confirmed case of measles in OH since 2017.
According to the news release from the department of health, "Measles is extremely contagious and can spread to others through coughing and sneezing".
What makes measles particularly challenging, Adams said, is the period of several days when a person has no symptoms but still is contagious.
According to the CDC, the majority of people who have been diagnosed with measles were unvaccinated and travelers often bring measles into the U.S.
Officials are monitoring those who may have been in contact with this individual and they are in self-quarantine, Rodriguez said. Its symptoms include a rash that starts on a person's face and neck and spreads over their body, along with a fever, cough and eye irritation. More severe complications may also occur.
She also warned that people born during or after 1966 are being asked to find out whether they were vaccinated against measles - and if so, whether they received one dose or two. "We are lucky to have a high vaccination rate in Stark County and OH, so the vast majority of the public is protected", Kirkland Norris, Health Commissioner of the Stark County Health Department said in the same release.
ODH is sharing vaccination guidance and information with all its partners, including local health departments, hospitals, health care providers, K-12 educators and school nurses, higher education leaders, other state agencies and faith-based organizations. "Especially before students return to school". Thursdays and 3 to 6 p.m. the first Thursday of the month.