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Coshocton County measles cases updated

| June 3, 2014

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton County Health Department reports that the confirmed number of measles cases in the county has risen to 13 cases and one hospitalization. The adult female who was hospitalized has since been discharged with no further complications and is expected to make a full recovery.

To date, measles cases in Coshocton County have been confirmed to the Amish community. There have been confirmed measles cases in White Eyes, Perry and Crawford townships. The county’s outbreak has not grown since the last confirmed case on May 23. None of the people who contracted the measles were vaccinated prior to the start of the outbreak and the outbreak continues to be confined to the unvaccinated population.

Besides Coshocton County, other counties reporting confirmed measles cases include: Ashland (36), Holmes (23), Knox (128), Richland (5), and Wayne (1). The measles outbreak began with unvaccinated travelers to the Philippines. A total of seven hospitalizations in three counties have also been reported. They include: Knox (5), Ashland (1), and Coshocton (1).

Center for Disease Control (CDC) advisors arrived over the weekend and will be in Coshocton, Knox and Holmes health departments this week. They will advise and assist local public health staff with measles contact investigations and follow-up. Public health officials on the local, state and federal level are working diligently to prevent the spread of measles to more residents and summer tourists.

Kristen Baker, Southeast Ohio Regional Epidemiologist with the Zanesville – Muskingum Co. Health Department, reports that there are currently 206 confirmed measles cases in Ohio. The age range of the cases is from 2 months to 58 years, with the median age being 23-years-old. Currently, 102 cases are female and 104 cases are male. New measles cases were determined to be associated through work and community activities.

The case with the earliest onset of symptoms began on March 24. The case with the most recent onset of symptoms began on May 31.

The Coshocton County Health Department has established a measles information line for the public. The 295-7317 information line will provide brief information about measles and list local clinics dates and times in the area as they become available.

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