The measles outbreak in Central Ohio now stands at 82 confirmed cases as of December 27, according to Columbus Public Health.
The first measles case was identified October 22, 2022, and as of December 27th there are 82 confirmed cases with 32 hospitalizations and no deaths.
The current outbreak started with four unvaccinated children in a childcare facility and has spread to multiple public locations across Columbus, Franklin and Ross counties.
Of the 82 confirmed cases of measles, 74 cases are in completely unvaccinated children. The other eight cases include four partially vaccinated children (having received only one dose of MMR in the two-dose series) and four children with unknown vaccination status.
All the cases are in children under the age of 18, with two-thirds of cases in children ages one to five years.
Caused by a highly contagious virus, measles spreads from person to person by breathing, coughing, or sneezing. Signs and symptoms of measles include rash, high fever and a cough, runny nose, or red, watery eyes. People can spread measles up to 4 days before and 4 days after they have a rash. Measles can lead to serious complications, such as pneumonia (infection of the lungs), and even death.
According to the CDC, as of December 22, 2022, a total of 117 measles cases were reported by 5 jurisdictions.