SUMMIT COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - The Summit County Health District has received a report of a confirmed case of measles in an unvaccinated adult that is related to international travel.
There has also been an unrelated confirmed case of measles in an adult in Cuyahoga County.
Both individuals have fully recovered and there have been no other reports of related cases to these individuals.
Measles is uncommon in the United States because of high vaccination rates. In other parts of the world measles is still widespread and because of worldwide travel it can be spread easily to unprotected people in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, measles cases were at the highest level in more than a decade in 2008. In the first seven months of that year, 131 cases were reported in the U.S.
Today the measles vaccine is given in combination with mumps and rubella vaccine (MMR). Vaccine-preventable diseases have many health, social, and economic costs. Even if there are only a few cases of disease today, if we take away the protection given by vaccination, more and more people will be infected and will spread disease to others. Vaccines have been proven to be safe are still the best way to put an end to the serious effects and spread of certain diseases.
Children can get the MMR vaccine from their primary care physicians. The first dose usually is to children when they're 12 to 15 months old, followed by a booster when they're ages 4 to 6, before they start school.
Check with your healthcare provider to make sure you and your children are up to date on the recommended vaccinations. If you are traveling outside of the United States check with your local health department for additional vaccinations that maybe recommended.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Communicable Disease Division at the Summit County Health District, 330-926-5787.
A fact sheet on measles is available on our website at www.schd.org.