First confirmed case of measles in Ohio

Measles in the United States has climbed to its highest level in 25 years, closing in on 700 cases this year. (Source: MGN)
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CANTON, Ohio (WTVG) -- The Ohio Department of Health is confirming the first case of measles in the Buckeye State in 2019.

A recent outbreak of measles has spanned 28 states, including ones bordering Ohio, such as Michigan.

In a news release, state health officials say a young adult from Stark County was diagnosed after traveling to a state with confirmed cases of measles. The release goes on to state the Ohio Department of Health is "currently not disclosing any additional information about the infected individual."

This is the first confirmed case of measles in Ohio since 2017. The last outbreak was in 2014, when 382 people were infected.

According to the news release from the department of health, "Measles is extremely contagious and can spread to others through coughing and sneezing. If one person has measles, up to 90% of those who come into contact with that person and who are not immune will also become infected. The measles virus can live for up to two hours in air where an infected person coughed or sneezed. If other people breathe the contaminated air or touch an infected surface and then touch their eyes, noses, or mouths, they can become infected. People infected with measles can spread it to others from four days before, through four days after, a rash appears."