Though highly contagious and dangerous to young children, measles is nearly 100% preventable with two doses of the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

At least seven daycares and a school in the area have been affected by the outbreak of the disease. 18 suspected cases of the fast-spreading but vaccine-preventable viral illness are being investigated by officials. Children have been hospitalized.

The public health officials in Columbus and Franklin County first reported the outbreak. Four cases were linked to a single child care facility. According to CBS News, the CPH is looking into at least 18 possible cases of the disease, with seven children having been hospitalized. The majority of the cases have been in unvaccinated children. Seven day cares and one school have taken precautionary measures to limit the spread of the outbreak.

According to Newman, all the facilities are cooperating with public health, and they have notified all parents and removed unvaccinated students from the facility for 21 days. We are still working on contact tracing with Nationwide Children's Hospital. We don't know where the outbreak began.

Symptoms of measles include a rash and flu-like symptoms. It rarely causes serious illness in older children, but can be dangerous and even fatal when caught at an early age, and it can also cause people to forget their immunity to other previous infections, making them vulnerable to these germs once again.

Measles is one of the most common diseases in people who are not protected. Measles has been eliminated in the United States thanks to a vaccine and a program. The vaccine programs haven't been as successful in some parts of the world where the virus is still endemic. In the U.S., there will occasionally be travel-related cases of the disease, which can spread quickly among pockets of unvaccinated individuals, who are often children too young to have received the vaccine yet.

There was a risk that the country could lose its eradication status because of the large number of reported cases of the disease in 2019. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 33 cases of the disease this year in five states. A dedicated public health response is required when an outbreak begins to spread.

According to experts with the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund, the disruption to vaccine programs caused by the covid-19 Pandemic may cause a nightmare year for Measles in 2022. There have been at least 45,000 cases of measles and 2,300 deaths in Africa so far this year, according to a report in October.