The City of Columbus Public health Department reports since the beginning of November, 73 confirmed measles cases have been recorded in Central Ohio through December 12.
Of the total, 67 cases were unvaccinated (91%), while four cases were partially vaccinated (1 dose of the MMR vaccine) and two cases have unknown vaccination status.
All the cases are 17 years of age and younger with 70 percent of cases reported in children one to five years of age.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a total of 88 measles cases were reported by 5 jurisdictions as of December 8.
Measles is very contagious and can cause serious illness. About 1 out of 10 children with measles also gets an ear infection, 1 out of 20 gets pneumonia, and 1-2 out of 1,000 die from measles complications. Measles can also cause pregnant woman to miscarry or give birth prematurely. Serious health problems from measles are more common among children younger than 5 and adults older than 20.
Measles causes fever, runny nose, cough, conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes) and a rash all over the body. People can spread measles before they show symptoms. Symptoms usually last 7-10 days.