Central Ohio Measles Outbreak

There is an ongoing outbreak of measles in central Ohio that began in November 2022. Most of the cases have been residents of Franklin County. To see the most up-to-date information about the cases involved in this outbreak, visit the Measles Public Report.

At this time, there are NO measles cases in Morrow County. 

Measles is a vaccine-preventable disease that can be serious. It is important that all children ages 1 year and older get vaccinated. It is is more than just a little rash. Measles can cause serious health complications, especially in children under the age of 5 years. 

Measles is very contagious. It is spread through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, and an infected person can spread the virus before they even know that they are sick. The measles virus can live in the air for up to 2 hours after an infected person leaves the area.  Measles os so contagious that 90% of people who are exposed to the virus will become infected if they are not vaccinated. 

Measles Symptoms
  • High fever (can be more than 104 F),
  • Cough, 
  • Runny Nose,
  • Red, watery eyes, and 
  • A rash (3-5 days after the symptoms start).
The best way protection against measles is by vaccination with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. MMR is safe and effective, and it provides long-lasting protection against the measles virus. 

Children should get 2 doses of the MMR vaccine:
  • Dose 1 at 12-15 months of age
  • Dose 2 at 4-6 years of age
Adults who have not been vaccinated or who are unsure of their vaccine status can also receive the MMR vaccine.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call MCHD at 419-947-1545, extension 327.