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Measles vaccinations speed up in Ohio's Amish Country
Special clinics are set up in six central/northern counties
Story by KABIR BHATIA AND JEFF ST.CLAIR


 
In The Region:

Health officials are continuing efforts to stop the spread of measles in north-central Ohio. 

Thirty confirmed cases have been reported in Amish communities in six counties. 

Nursing Supervisor Marcy Manack says the Wayne County Health Department has vaccinated about 120 people this week. 

She says education is the best defense against the outbreak. 

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“Measles is a highly contagious virus and it can stay in the air for about two hours.  When you’re in large groups, especially this time of year, there’s a lot of wedding, a lot of gatherings, a lot of graduations  -  this is where it’s going to be spread very easily.”  

Manack does NOT recommend heading to the hospital ER if you think you have measles, because of the chances of infecting a contained group of people. 

Free vaccinations are being offered in all the six counties affected by the outbreak.

 

 

 

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