Ohio had its first confirmed case of measles in two years amid a nationwide outbreak of the disease, according to a new report.
The infected person, a young adult who lives in Stark County, had recently traveled to a state with confirmed measles cases, state Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said Friday in a statement obtained by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Ohio hasnt seen an outbreak since 2014, when it had 382 confirmed cases, according to the report.
“Vaccinations save lives, period. I urge everyone who can, to get vaccinated,” Acton said in the statement. “Vaccination is the safest, most effective way to prevent serious vaccine-preventable diseases in children and adults, including measles.”
The disease can spread to others through coughing and sneezing — and its so contagious that if one person has it, up to 90 percent of the people who come in contact with that person and are not immune will also become infected, the CDC said.