During Ohio's most recent outbreak in 2014, the illness spread quickly within the Amish community because of its lower vaccination rate.
A young adult from Stark County has the state's first confirmed case of measles since 2017. The release goes on to state the Ohio Department of Health is "currently not disclosing any additional information about the infected individual".
Twenty-eight states throughout the country are dealing with measles.More news: United Airlines cancels another 5,000 Boeing 737 Max flights
The measles immunization rate for Ohio is around 90 percent, according to Ohio Department of Health's Jose Rodriguez.
People carrying measles are often contagious days before showing symptoms and continue spreading the virus for up to four days after a rash appears.
Measles symptoms include a rash, high fever, runny nose, cough, loss of appetite and red, watery eyes. Diarrhea and ear infections are common complications of measles. In severe cases, measles can cause serious health complications such as pneumonia or encephalitis.More news: Jermaine Dupri on Today's Female Rappers: It's Like Strippers Rapping
State and local health officials on Friday stressed the importance of receiving the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.
Vaccines stimulate the body's own immune system to protect the person against specific diseases.
She also warned that people born during or after 1966 are being asked to find out whether they were vaccinated against measles - and if so, whether they received one dose or two. "We are lucky to have a high vaccination rate in Stark County and OH, so the vast majority of the public is protected". "So we want to encourage everyone to check with their health care provider that they are current on the vaccinations, and especially that their children are current on their vaccinations". Mondays, 3 to 4 p.m.More news: Where To Get Free Fries On National French Fry Day