COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Columbus Public Health reported an additional four measles cases and two more hospitalizations in central Ohio.
As of Thursday morning, Columbus Public Health confirmed there are 63 cases in its measles outbreak dashboard, up from 59 reported Wednesday. There is also two more hospitalizations, increasing the total to 25. CPH reported no one has died as of Thursday.
Seventy percent of the cases are in children 5 years old and younger, according to the dashboard. Three confirmed cases are in partially vaccinated children, who have received one dose of the two-dose measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. One dose of the MMR vaccine is 93% effective against infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The full vaccination is 97% effective against the virus.
CPH shared the following public locations with confirmed exposures:
- Meijer at 6175 Sawmill Road – Saturday, Nov. 19 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- Jesus Power Assembly of God Church at 5215 Cleveland Avenue – Sunday, Nov. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
- Macy’s and JCPenney at the Polaris Fashion Place – Friday, Nov. 25 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
- Dollar Tree at 5990 Westerville Road — Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6:20 to 8:50 p.m.
Measles is a highly contagious virus transmitted through coughing and sneezing. According to the CDC, infected individuals can spread the virus for up to four days before becoming symptomatic. It typically takes 8 to 12 days after exposure for symptoms to develop, according to Columbus and Franklin County public health agencies.
The CDC recommends all children receive two doses of the MMR vaccine, with the first between 12 and 15 months old and the second at 4 through 6 years of age or at least 28 days after the first dose.