First suspected case of measles in Ohio being investigated by health department

First suspected case of measles in Ohio being investigated by health department
The photo shows a stylized version of the rash associated with measles. (Source: CDC/Twitter)

SYLVANIA, Ohio (WTVG/FOX19) - The Lucas County Department of Health is investigating the first suspected case of measles in the area. If confirmed, this would the first case of measles in the state of Ohio.

According to the Health Department, a student from Stranahan Elementary in Sylvania was taken to the ER with what looked to be measles. Doctors ran a test but will not have confirmed results until early next week. According to officials, the student was vaccinated.

The Health Department has been in contact with the school and a letter was sent to parents who have been told that any child who has not been vaccinated must remain home.

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This suspected case arrives as the rest of the country is dealing with one of the largest outbreaks of the disease in decades. The latest count had the number of cases nationwide at more than 800 and climbing.

According to the CDC, the symptoms of measles generally appear about seven to 14 days after a person is infected.

Measles typically begins with:

  • high fever
  • cough
  • runny nose
  • red, watery eyes

Three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out.

If you believe you or your child may have the measles, you should seek the advice of a medical professional.

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