By NewsDesk @bactiman63
In a follow-up on the measles outbreak in the Columbus, Ohio area, city health officials now report 50 total confirmed cases since the start of the outbreak in November.
All 50 cases were unvaccinated children 17 years and younger. Seven out of 10 cases were in children 2 years and younger.
No fatalities have been reported.
According to the CDC, a total of 76 measles cases were reported by 5 jurisdictions through December 1.
Measles is very contagious and can cause serious illness. About 1 out of 10 children with measles also gets an ear infection, 1 out of 20 gets pneumonia, and 1-2 out of 1,000 die from measles complications. Measles can also cause pregnant woman to miscarry or give birth prematurely. Serious health problems from measles are more common among children younger than 5 and adults older than 20.
Measles causes fever, runny nose, cough, conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes) and a rash all over the body. People can spread measles before they show symptoms. Symptoms usually last 7-10 days.
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