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Outbreak of measles in Ohio

Measles was thought to eliminated in the United States in 2000. It's not.  An outbreak of measles in Ohio has infected 68 people, adding to an already 18-year high of measles cases in the United States.

According to Ohio's Department of Health, the outbreak is being traces back to unvaccinated travelers to the Philippines.  The Philippines is experiencing a very large measles outbreak with at least 20,000 confirmed and suspected cases.

California is experiencing a high number of measles cases this year too, also saying it's outbreak is also from people visiting the Philippines.

Visitors may pick up the disease and bring it back to the United States, potentially infecting those who cannot be vaccinated against the measles because they are too young, for example, or who have intentionally remained unvaccinated.

Symptoms of measles usually include fever, cough and conjunctivitis, along with a rash. In rare cases, measles can lead to pneumonia and brain infections, which can be fatal.
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