SYLVANIA (WTVG) – The Lucas County Department of Health is investigating the first suspected case of measles in the area. If confirmed, this would the first case of measles in the state of Ohio.
According to the Health Department, a student from Stranahan Elementary in Sylvania was taken to the ER with what looked to be measles. Doctors ran a test but will not have confirmed results until early next week. According to officials, the student was vaccinated.
A man claiming to be the stepfather of the child in question contacted 13abc Friday afternoon and provided a doctor’s note saying the symptoms presenting were from an allergic reaction to amoxicillin.
But the Health Department is still waiting for the test results to come back, and has been in contact with the school and a letter was sent to parents who have been told that any child who has not been vaccinated must remain home.
This suspected case arrives as the rest of the country is dealing with one of the largest outbreaks of the disease in decades. The latest count had the number of cases nationwide at more than 800 and climbing.
If you believe you or your child may have the measles, you should seek the advice of a medical professional.