UPDATE: Ohio Hospitals Get Guidance Amid Measles Outbreak

By: The Associated Press, WTAP News Email
By: The Associated Press, WTAP News Email

UPDATE 6/23/2014 1:50 PM

State officials are advising some new ways for Ohio hospitals to treat patients with measles and keep the disease from spreading.

The state epidemiologist says facilities should make sure their employees have presumptive evidence of immunity to measles.

That could possibly include paperwork showing employees took the MMR vaccine or confirmation that they previously had measles.

Washington County officials want everyone getting the MMR shot, infected or not.

"I want it available to everyone individual that needs it, that's not updated. This is so contagious. It's so infectious," says Barbara Piehowicz, an RN at the Washington County Health Department.

341 measles cases have been reported across 9 counties.

It started among the Amish in Knox County after some of them traveled to the Philippines.

The CDC says the outbreak is the largest in 20 years.


UPDATE 5/13/2014 8:10 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio health officials distributed more than 11,800 doses of vaccines to try to stem recent outbreaks of measles and mumps in the state.

The state epidemiologist, Mary DiOrio, said Tuesday that around half of those measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccines have been administered.

There have been 68 measles cases reported in six counties, mostly among unvaccinated individuals in the Amish community. She says it's the largest outbreak in the U.S. since 1996.

Officials say it began with unvaccinated travelers who visited the Philippines, which has had a measles epidemic. Ohio counties reporting measles have received 11,200 of the doses.

Officials say the mumps outbreak that started in central Ohio in January reached 342 cases, mostly in Franklin County. The state sent out 640 doses to counties with mumps cases.

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UPDATE 5/7/2014 12:20 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Health officials tracking measles and mumps outbreaks in Ohio are urging people to stay up-to-date on immunizations to prevent illnesses from spreading.

The Department of Health says the spread of such diseases can accelerate when people gather in large groups, such as at picnics, camps, fairs and other common warm-weather activities.

Health agencies confirmed 321 mumps cases in central Ohio, and 191 of those are linked to Ohio State University. Officials say the origin of the outbreak might never be known.

A measles outbreak is being tracked a bit further to the northeast in a six-county area. Twenty-nine of the 42 confirmed cases are in Knox County. Officials say that outbreak began with unvaccinated travelers who visited the Philippines, which has had a measles epidemic.

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UPDATE 4/16/2014 3:05 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Central Ohio officials are warning that children without mumps vaccinations might have to miss weeks of school if an outbreak of the illness hits classrooms.

More than 200 cases of the contagious viral illness, with more than 130 of those linked to Ohio State University, have been reported this year.

Health commissioners for Columbus and Franklin County wrote letters to schools encouraging vaccinations.

The letters also advise parents that unvaccinated students might have to stay home 25 days or longer if clusters of mumps cases begin showing up in schools.

Officials have urged people of the region to make sure they've been inoculated with two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine.

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UPDATE 3/31/2014 2:50 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Public health officials tracking a growing outbreak of mumps in central Ohio say four-fifths of the cases confirmed so far are linked to Ohio State University.

Health officials for Columbus and surrounding Franklin County said the total was 111 cases as of Monday. Seventy-two of those infected by the viral illness are Ohio State students, and nine are staff members.

Those infected range in age from 4 to 58. The cases span from January to late last week.

Health officials urge residents to make sure they have received two doses of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, or MMR.

Mumps often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. Those infected are urged to stay home for a few days, cover their mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, and frequently wash their hands.

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UPDATE 3/24/2014 11:50 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Health officials in Columbus say an outbreak of the mumps spread beyond the Ohio State University campus and now includes 56 reported cases.

Columbus Public Health on Monday said 40 of the mumps cases have been linked to the outbreak at Ohio State and have occurred in people ages 18 to 48.

The cases outside the university community in Columbus and Franklin County have been reported in people ages 4 to 50.

The health agency urged residents who have not been vaccinated for the mumps to do so.

Mumps is contagious and often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches. It's spread by droplets of saliva or mucus from the mouth, nose or throat of an infected person, usually when the person coughs, sneezes or talks.

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UPDATE 3/20/2014 2:40 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Five more cases of mumps are confirmed in the outbreak of the viral infection at Ohio State University, bringing the total to 37.

The confirmed cases involve 17 women and 20 men ranging in age from 18 to 48. Three of them were hospitalized for at least one day.

Columbus Public Health added four students and one Ohio State staff member to the list Thursday. Officials have been mapping cases to determine how they might be linked.

Of the 37 people infected, 30 are students, three are staff and one is a student's relative. Health officials say three cases involve people who don't study or work at Ohio State but have links to the university community.

Mumps is contagious and often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The number of mumps cases in the Ohio State University outbreak climbed to 32 as officials try to trace how the people involved acquired the viral infection.

Columbus Public Health reports the four cases added to the count Wednesday involve three students and one staff member.

Of the 32 people infected, 26 are students, two are staff members and one is a student's relative. Health officials say the other three cases involve people who don't study or work at Ohio State but have links to the university community.

The confirmed cases involve 13 women and 19 men. They range in age from 18 to 48. Three of them were hospitalized for at least one day.

Mumps is a contagious infection that often starts with fever, fatigue and body aches.

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