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Measles Reported in Highland County

Posted June 10th, 2014 @ 5:55am

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and the Highland County Health Department have confirmed a case of measles in southwest Ohio. The new case involves an infant less than six months old whose family traveled in mid-May to north-central Ohio, where six counties are experiencing a measles outbreak. At this time, ODH has confirmed only one case in Highland County, but that number could rise.

Governor John Kasich has issued an executive order to let pharmacists administer vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella as two outbreaks continue to grow. Most of the nation's measles cases stem from an outbreak in unvaccinated Amish communities in Ohio. About 250 cases are confirmed. Separately, at least 415 mumps cases are reported in central Ohio.

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