Miami County reports 2nd measles case, no new exposures

Credit: Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County

Credit: Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County

A second measles case has been reported in Miami County related to a previous case reported last week, according to Miami County Public Health.

Staff investigated the case and have found no additional exposures to the public.

The health department announced last Tuesday person with a confirmed case of measles had visited the Kroger Marketplace at 855 Union Blvd. in Englewood prior to diagnosis. Health officials warned anyone at the store between 12:45 and 4 p.m. Feb. 13 was exposed to measles.

The case reported Feb. 20 likely is connected to a case in Montgomery County from earlier this month, according to health officials.

Measles is very contagious, with the virus able to live up to two hours in the air after an infected person leaves the room. Symptoms may not appear for up to 21 days after exposure.

Symptoms include high fever, cough, runny nose, watery eyes and a rash beginning three to five days after other symptoms. About one in five people who get measles will be hospitalized with complications such as pneumonia, dehydration or brain swelling, according to the health department.

Miami County Public Health does not offer measles testing. Anyone with symptoms should avoid contact with others and contact their health care provider.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends children get two doses of the measles vaccine, according to public health. Adults who have not been vaccinated or are unaware of their status can also receive the MMR vaccine.

Staff writers Samantha Wildow and Jen Balduf contributed to this report.

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