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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Ohio’s first case of measles in 2024 has been confirmed, the state department of health announced this weekend.
The person infected was a child in Montgomery County (where Dayton is located) and ODH said they’re working with local officials there to help inform those who may have been exposed to the virus. This is reportedly the first case in the county since 2005.
At this time, no other cases have been reported.
The Ohio case comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently issued an alert following multiple measles outbreaks across the country and in other parts of the world. ODH reminds people that measles are considered “extremely contagious,” spreading through coughing and sneezing.
“Measles can be a very serious illness for anyone,” ODH director Bruce Vanderhoff said in a statement. “The key to preventing measles is vaccination. If you are not vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to get the vaccine.”
Last year, there was only one measles case reported in the state, but 90 cases were reported in 2022, when an outbreak occurred in central Ohio.