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At least one case of measles connected to the outbreak in Columbus, Ohio, has been confirmed in Kentucky, according to state health officials. The outbreak in Columbus has infected 85 children there since October.

Measles can be dangerous, especially for babies and young children. Measles typically begins with:

  • high fever (may spike to more than 104°),
  • cough,
  • runny nose (coryza), and
  • red, watery eyes (conjunctivitis).

Serious complications include pneumonia and encephalitis.

Measles can be prevented with the two-dose MMR vaccine. The CDC recommends that children get the first dose of the vaccine when they are 12 to 15 months old and the second dose when they are 4 to 6 years old. One dose of the vaccine is about 93% effective at preventing measles, while both doses are about 97% effective, the CDC says.

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