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Cincinnati Health Department investigates a possible case of measles



CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Cincinnati Health Department is investigating a possible case of measles.

"Currently the Cincinnati Health Department is investigating a potential possible but extremely unlikely case of measles in our city," said Commissioner Melba R. Moore. "The Health Department and partners are making sure that people who may have been exposed, are notified and given information on just what to do."

They are encouraging all parents to talk to pediatricians and healthcare providers about immunizations.

Health officials have seen a rise in diseases that can be prevented with vaccines such as measles in the Cincinnati area.

Four out of the five states surrounding Ohio have reported measles cases in the last year.

So they are now doing a number of things to try and prevent and prepare for measles and other diseases in our community, even though this possible case will likely turn out not to be measles.

"The diagnosis of measles requires certain clinical signs and symptoms as well as laboratory testing, and we also look for risk factors, said supervising epidemiologist Dr. Sharon Hutchins. "In this case, the totality of that evaluation indicates that it is possible, but extremely unlikely, and we are fully expecting the labs to come back indicating that it is not measles."

They expect those results in seven to ten days and again they do notify those who they think may have been exposed.

Anyone with coughing, red eyes, high fever and a rash should see a doctor.

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