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Measles continue to spread among Ohio's Amish community
Special vaccination clinics are planned this week
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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An outbreak of measles among Amish communities in north central Ohio has health officials scrambling to stop its spread.

The outbreak is centered in Knox County, but a handful of cases are reported in four nearby counties for a total of 26 cases.

Wayne County Health Commissioner Greg Halley says immunization clinics have been set up in outlying communities, and efforts are underway to reach out to the Amish.

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“We work through their existing contacts, their bishops and other community representatives that coordinate with us, but also through offering our outlying clinics in Fredericksburg and Apple Creek we try to take the services to them.” 

Thursday, May 1, 2014 

Kidron Mennonite Church                         3987 Kidron Road
Kidron, Ohio                                           Noon to 3p.m.    

Friday, May 2, 2014

Mennonite Christian Assemble
10664 Fryburg Road,
Fredericksburg, OH
9 a.m. to noon     

 

Halley says the Amish typically do not receive vaccinations unless needed. He says measles is highly contagious and can sometimes lead to serious complications. 

The measles vaccine usually provides protection within three days of receiving it. 

The Ohio outbreak began after unvaccinated travelers returned to Ohio from a mission trip to the Philippines where measles has sickened 20,000 people.

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